A Typical Year in Vaudeville’s Big Time

Vaudeville performers were travelers. They seldom spent longer than one week in any one place. They usually moved on Sunday, the one day of the week that theaters were closed, and almost always traveled by train. Few performers owned cars. 

This map gives you an idea of a typical year on a Big Time circuit. This was Bob Hope’s schedule for 1929, when he was a successful vaudeville performer, but before he had become famous. 

Information like this is useful for my vaudeville characters. I can give them a schedule that was realistic rather than make up a bunch of cities. And I use Bob Hope as a minor character in my third book in the series, which is set in 1925. 

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