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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
NPG Ax160123


Elsie Janis

published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG Ax160283


Elsie Janis

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG Ax160357


Elsie Janis

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, mid 1910s
NPG x135849


Elsie Janis in 'Hullo, America'

by Malcolm Arbuthnot
matte bromide postcard print, 1918
NPG Ax160124


Elsie Janis in 'Hullo, America'

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1918
NPG Ax160125

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