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Aunt Maggie and the Trap Door Rifle | by Bodie Bailey
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Aunt Maggie and the Trap Door Rifle

These are photos from my family, the Bailey side. They are photos from my Aunt Ida, who's stage name was Miss Ida Bailey. I will point out who these people are as I research them.


All of these are from a play that was first produced in 1912. It was staged outdoors a the San Gabriel Mission. It ran for over 20 years and was one of the highest grossing plays of all time. It was so big that the first traffic jams in Los Angeles was caused by the people coming to the play. The railroads ran special trains for people to attend the shows.


My Aunt was in the play during it's first year and for at least the next five years.


It got so large that they decided to build a theater just for the performance of this play. The Mission Playhouse is where they staged the show the theater is still there. It is now called the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium.

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Taken on August 31, 2007