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From: Kathy Minges <>
Subject: Re: [NORCAL] Temple of Music on Bush Street, San Francisco
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 17:09:07 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks Nancy! I don't have access to those old city directories.

As Jim mentioned in his response, minstrel shows were popular in the 1860 and '70s. Because of the age of one of my ancestors, who was billed as one of two "acrobatic violinists," I'm thinking that the Temple of Music was probably active between 1871 and 1876. Next step will be to track down a resource for the city directories from that period to see if this theory holds up.

Of course, there's always the possibility that the Temple of Music wasn't in business long enough to be included in any city directory.

Thanks again,

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From: Nancy Pratt Melton <>
Sent: Saturday, March 8, 2008 7:04:33 PM
Subject: [NORCAL] Temple of Music on Bush Street, San Francisco

Looking up in the 1880, 1882 & 1887, SF City Directories, I could only find one theatre listed for 320 Bush st.......Standard Theater. 1869-70 & 1877-8 SF City Directory did not have a listing.

Nancy Pratt Melton
Golden Nugget Library

Has anyone come across any references to the Temple of Music at 320 Bush Street in San Francisco ? I've two playbills without dates and have had no luck finding any references on Google.

Apparently the Temple of Music presented minstrel shows during the mid to late 1800s Singers and musicians include H. Nordblom, J. DeAngelis, H. Herbberte and H. Leslie under the direction of Prof. Geo. T. Evans.


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