Photograph of Walter R. Booth: magician with a career in early cinema

The photograph is on page 4 of a programme for David Devant’s Entertainment at the Granville Theatre, Ramsgate in 1898. For the whole programme search for ref. no. N1928 in the PROGRAMMES section of this website. This photograph of Walter Booth is significant because, as at 2020, it is one of only two known photographs of him which allows early cinema historians to identify Booth when he appears in early films. It had long been suspected that a magician in the films was Booth, but there was no firm evidence. For the other photograph, search for ref. no. N1930 in this EPHEMERA section of the website. For more information on Booth visit his Wikipedia page.


Size 80 x 100mm as printed in the theatre programme.
Date 29 August 1898
Key Phrases
Ref no N1929 Ep.Other42

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