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Publication | Accession Number: 2016.184.229

Madison's budget, an early 20th American humor compendium with monologues, gags, wise-cracks, and stage bits. Its cover line is: "My business is to make the world laugh." It was written and published twice yearly by James Madison (d. 1943) and anyone who bought it, cost - $1.00 - could use the material for free. Most of the material was ethnic or racial in content; targets included Jews, blacks, Chinese, and others. The series began in 1898, and stretched from ther era of minstrel shows and vaudeville to radio. The cover illustration has four comics, two recognizably Jewish, but all vaudeville types. This magazine is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Alternate Title
Madison's budget; a cyclopedia of comedy material for vaudeville artists, radio stars, masters of ceremony, etc., number 16
Collection Subtitle
monologues, sketches, parodies, minstrel first-parts, burlesques and farces, cross-fire- gags...
publication:  1921
publication: New York (N.Y.)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:28:14
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