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Charles T. Aldrich, Sr.

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Brock    3,316

I found two interesting photos of Gale's father Charles T. Aldrich today. The first one is from a 1905 promotional publication and the second is an original watercolour caricature held by the Victoria & Albert Museum which shows him along side two of his various quick-change character:

 

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Neil    1,299

These are in amazing good shape for drawings over 100 years old. Thanks for posting. Did Charles, Sr. live to see any of Gale's success?

I wonder if Gale Gordon is the only man in history to change his name TO Gale.

I don't remember why he changed it. Charles Aldrich has a ring to it.

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Brock    3,316

Did Charles, Sr. live to see any of Gale's success?

 

 

Yes, he died during Gale's Our Miss Brooks run.

 

I wonder if Gale Gordon is the only man in history to change his name TO Gale.

I don't remember why he changed it. Charles Aldrich has a ring to it.

 

LOL! When Gale got his big break in The Dancers his father was still a big theatrical name, so I guess it was just easier to avoid confusion and take his mother's stage name. But why "Gale" indeed!

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Brock    3,316

Excuse me for sharing my excitement, but after years of trying I finally won not just one, but two things related to Gale's parents on Ebay today! :HALKING: Usually I am outbid by a cabal of quick change artists. <_<

 

Anyway, one is a hand-tinted music hall card signed by Aldrich on the reverse:

 

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And the second is a 99-year-old theatre program from Brighton billing Charles T. Aldrich as "America's most famous laughter maker, juggler and conjurer" and Gale's mother (under her first stage) hailed as "the songstress with a concertina." This family has unexpected depth. LOL

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LittleRickyII    308

LOL! When Gale got his big break in The Dancers his father was still a big theatrical name, so I guess it was just easier to avoid confusion and take his mother's stage name. But why "Gale" indeed!

 

It was his mother's idea. She thought by using a feminine-sounding name, he'd get more attention. He took his mother's advice.

 

I'm very impressed by all the photos of Gale's parents. How on earth are you able to find these?

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Brock    3,316

A 112 year old article on one of Charles' legendary quick change acts:

 

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For an act that was supposedly the toast of three continents well until the First World War, there seems to be surprisingly little material out there.

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Neil    1,299

which means your roller skate outfit would be $171 today.

And dinner at Maxim's to-night would range from $10 to $20, still a pretty good deal.

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