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Blanche Rosavella [Blanche Roosevelt]

CdV by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company – c1880.


Born [as Blanche Roosevelt Tucker] Sandusky, Ohio 2nd Oct 1853 and died London 10th Sept 1898


As Mlle. Rosavella she made her singing debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Violetta in La Traviata during 1876 – sharing the role with Adelina Patti over five performances.


In 1879 she joined the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at Sullivan’s request.


On 31st Dec 1879 at the Fifth Avenue Theater in New York she created the role of Mabel in the official world premiere of The Pirates of Penzance. {Although Emilie Petrelli had sung the part literally hours earlier in the single copyright performance at the Royal Bijou Theatre in Paignton, Devon, England on 30th December 1879}


She was a personal friend of the poet Longfellow and retired from the stage in the early 1880’s to devote herself to journalism and literature.


In 1897 she was involved in an accident [in Monte Carlo] when the carriage in which she was overturned seriously injuring her. She never recovered and died in London the next year at the age of 45.


A number of usually reliable sources state that she was killed in the accident which would be rather difficult given where the accident was and where she died – the driver was killed in the accident.


# In 1854 at 313 Oxford Street, London, England the 'London Stereoscope Company' came into being. It became 'The London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company' in 1859. As the name suggests its main business was stereo-views and when that fad started to fade they became involved in CdV's etc. The company closed down in 1922.

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Taken circa 1880