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Physical Description:
cotton (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 26 in x 20 in; 66.04 cm x 50.8 cm
Object Name:
vest
Date made:
ca 1950
Description:
Vest worn by Sid Caesar as part of his German Professor costume in sketches on the television series Your Show of Shows. The yellow vest is made of a cotton blend, with 4 buttons - 3 white and 1 pearl - and a black back.
Comedian Sid Caesar (1922-2014) was an influential and acclaimed comedian best known for his pioneering work on television, especially Your Show of Shows, a comedy variety show which aired from 1950-1954. The German Professor was a character used by Caesar to mock the pretentiousness of media experts and satirize intellectual fads. In sketches, the Professor’s ridiculous name changed based on whatever expertise he was supposed to have, such as memory expert “Lapse Von Memory” and Medical Doctor “Hugo von Gezundheit.”
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Comedy  Search this
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Sid Caesar
ID Number:
1989.0172.02
Accession number:
1989.0172
Catalog number:
1989.0172.02
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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