No. 419
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
March 24, 2019

Bouncing Bessie Bonehill.

A Famous London Music Hall male impersonator who is now delighting large audiences at Tony Pastor’s.
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Bouncing Bessie Bonehill.

Bouncing Betty Bonehill

A Famous London Music Hall male impersonator who is now delighting large audiences at Tony Pastor’s.

The charming countenance of Miss Bessie Bonehill, late of the London Music Hall, London, Eng., but who is now delighting audiences at Tony Pastor’s, appears in this number. Miss Bonehill has gained fame and ducats on the other side of the big pond with her charming face, sweet voice and male impersonations, and will no doubt do the same here.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, November 23, 1889.