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Elsie Janis (1889-1956), Actress and singer

Sitter in 6 portraits
Singer and songwriter Janis was a child star of the American vaudeville circuit, before making her London debut in The Passing Show at the Palace Theatre in 1914. Her patriotic act served as a recruiting tool in the United States, and included the song Over There. After America entered the war, she toured French camps and hospitals to entertain troops, earning the accolade ‘Sweetheart of the American Expeditionary Force’.

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Elsie Janis

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910s
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Elsie Janis

published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910s
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Elsie Janis

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1910s
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Elsie Janis

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, mid 1910s
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Elsie Janis in 'Hullo, America'

by Malcolm Arbuthnot
matte bromide postcard print, 1918
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Elsie Janis in 'Hullo, America'

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1918
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
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