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Annabelle Whitford, known as Peerless Annabelle, had her debut at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago. Although hardly a stage star on the order of Carmencita, films of her performances proved popular and the negatives wore out quickly (meaning that she appeared frequently before Thomas Edison's cameras between 1894 and 1898, executing Butterfly, Serpentine and Sun dances). These films were frequently hand-tinted (although this one is not).

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