Electricity


Electricity
   The novelty of electricity in the 1890s and early 1900s inspired its use in costumes as well as for scenic illumination. Performers could be wired for illuminated headdresses or small lights on the garment. Theatres constructed in the 1890s were often equipped for both electric and gas lighting.

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