|AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE Les Soeurs Draffir|
We so love what we do. We've booked a troupe of jugglers, and hope soon to make space for a dog act, but always of course, the ladies, the beautiful ladies.
We know only a little about the Draffir Sisters, not even their given names. However, we do know that they were a box office draw, appearing in such diverse settings as the Folies Bergere and in operettas such as La Petite Bohême ("The Little Bohemian,” which could also be translated as “The Little Gypsy”) by M. Henri Hirschmann in the spring of 1912. As you can see in this newspaper ad, their performance in the operetta was given top billing.
We were lucky enough to find this great image, photographed by Louis Martin of Paris, on a postcard originally destined for the offices of the Impressario, Raoul Pitau, a very important Parisian theatrical producer in those days. Now, by many strange twists and turns of fate it has arrived here, at the "offices" of Red Poulaine, some 100 or so years later, and still in fine condition.
|Les Soeurs Draffir postcard back, showing the address of Raoul Pitau|
* We found this little tale of romance a la Belle Epoque in a page out of a journal by someone named Paulus (see translation), a theatrical personage in his own right. Paulus was a cafe concert performer who apparently benefited over many years from the talent management and close personal friendship of Mr. Pitau, who he said, "writhed" with frustration at the recollection of this incident.
Another sister act: Alice and Fanny de Tenders dancing La Matchiche.
|Alice and Fanny de Tenders dance La Matchiche|