CELEBRITIES FROM THE STAGE
Actors, singers, and dancers, very much like today, used to enjoy great popularity. Their portraits, copied in great numbers, could be purchased in a book-shop or at the photographer’s and placed in a family album.
Moreover, ready-made albums with celebrity portraits, bound in leather, with decorative metal elements, were on sale. Although relatively costly (in the days of Bolesław Prus they cost several dozen roubles versus an average dentist’s annual income of 150 roubles), people used to buy them as gifts. They served then as a major adornment of the drawing rooms of those they were given to, and visitors would relish paging through them while awaiting the host or the hostess getting ready.
The photographs presented here come in their majority from such albums donated to the Museum of Literature by Luiza Mickiewiczowa, Adam Mickiewicz’s daughter-in-law.