We’ll Bring the World to You

Doorlays-Non-Stop-Revue. Tropical Express. The famous Wonder-Show from the 4 corners of the World.

[Place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified], [ca. 1938]. 310 by 250mm (12 12 by 9 34 inches). Photographic brochure; [16] pp. Two punch-outs to cover. Souvenir book of William Doorlay’s touring show. Text in English, German and French. Copiously illustrated; includes music score. Minor tears to front and back cover; light staple rust; light foxing; very good.

Foreign performing artists in Nazi Germany.

The motto of Doorlays was: [Why travel? Let us bring the world to you.] The international scope of Doorlays raised eyebrows during 1930’s Germany. See Prof. C.W. Doorlay, Auslandsartisten rühmen Deutschland”, Die Deutsche Artistik, 242 (October 18, 1936).

The study of show business (and the circus) should address head-on its history of racism. How and why could such an international cast perform during Nazi Germany?

Worldwide only at Harvard. A similar (or miscatalogued) book of Doorlay’s, the Famous American-Revue in 120 scenes” is only at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Not otherwise in OCLC or KVK.

Subject of an academic article; see Susann Lewerenz: The Tropical Express in Nazi Germany (2014).


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