Now available on Archnet, an exhibition of postcards depicting Egypt in the early 20th century. The exhibition features correspondence between the performer Miss Kitty Lord and admirers. Kitty Lord “graced international stages with her singing burlesque acts from 1894 to 1915,” according to exhibition curator Gwendolyn Collaço, Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard University. The postcards “date from her tours to Cairo, Egypt, where she performed at the Théâtre des Nouveautés du Caire (later called the Folies-Murger, 1911 onwards). Most are addressed either to her stage address or her personal residence in the rapidly developing theater district of Azbakiyya.”
The exhibition is divided into four parts: Egyptian Urban Architecture at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Historical Tourism, Ethnographic Portraits, and Portraits of Kitty Lord herself.
The exhibition on Archnet is the virtual version of the exhibition on display at Harvard Fine Arts Library until February 28th.