studio portrait shows vaudeville performer, Kate Rickards, costumed as Tootsie Sloper, the principal female character in The Land Lubber: a Nautical Nightmare, a farcical comedy written especially for Rickards by Garnet Walch.
LOTTA CRABTREE, variety star (1847-1924) Vivacious Lotta was a true child of the Gold Rush. She sang and danced in gold mining camps from the age of nine and held fond ties to San Francisco long after becoming New York's highest-paid stage star. She gave the city an ornate water fountain that survived the 1906 earthquake and still stands today at Market and Kearny Streets. Photo: SF Performing Arts Library and Museum