Hjalmar Peterson

Hjalmar Peterson

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Olle i Skratthult was the stage name of Hjalmar Peterson, a Swedish-American vaudeville artist, who achieved great popularity during the 1910s and 1920s. Peterson was born February 7, 1886 in the Swedish province of V rmland. Arriving in the United States in 1906, he eventually settled in Minneapolis. At first Peterson worked as a bricklayer in the new country, but before long he embarked on a career as a professional entertainer. In 1909 he returned to Sweden as a member of The Swedish-American Quartet, and during its two-year tour he gathered the songs, stories and jokes he would later use as a solo performer. Back in America Peterson adopted the persona of Olle i Skratthult (Olle from Laughtersville) and began performing on the Scandinavian-language vaudeville circuit. Olle was a bondkomiker (peasant comic), and he dressed the part with a blacked-out tooth and straw-colored wig. By 1916 he had a touring group, and the following year he married the company's leading lady, Olga Lindgren.show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 181g
  • Miss Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136596822
  • 9786136596822