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Ena Bertoldi (Beatrice Mary Claxton)

Music hall contortionist and early performer for Edison's Kinetoscope

Born Beatrice Mary Claxton in Sheffield, UK, into a family of acrobats, Ena Bertoldi (or Bertholdi) made her stage debut at the age of eight, touring Europe and America throughout the late 1880s and 1890s. The films, Bertholdi (Mouth Support) and Bertholdi (Table Contortion), taken at the Black Maria studio, West Orange, were among the first selection to be exhibited at the original Kinetoscope parlour, Broadway, New York from 14 April 1894.


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