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Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation

Nicholas Sammond, Author

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Performance, Page 78

As the performance of animation on the vaudeville stage declined, it shifted into public relations. A caricature of John Randolph Bray mocks the cartooning process in a feature in Photoplay, circa 1916. The illustrations in this feature comment ironically on the laborious process of animation, depicting Bray sweating into a tube that feeds into a swimming pool while bent over at his desk drawing his creations.

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