Vaudeville – Documenting John A. Kelly Ventriloquist — Like Father Like Son

Vaudeville – Documenting John A. Kelly Ventriloquist — Like Father Like Son
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
17 Feb 1909, Wed  •  Page 1
The Winnipeg Tribune
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
01 Sep 1926, Wed  •  Page 5
The Times
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
21 Apr 1911, Fri  •  Page 1

The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
13 Apr 1912, Sat  •  Page 5
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
03 Mar 1909, Wed  •  Page 1
The Brantford Daily Expositor
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
19 May 1910, Thu  •  Page 2

Although extremely popular the night J.H. Anderson died, his name was everywhere as he had performed that night at J. H. Anderson’s the public hallhe had just performed in.

CLIPPED FROMThe Weekly British WhigKingston, Ontario, Canada31 Dec 1908, Thu  •  Page 1

CLIPPED FROMThe Weekly British WhigKingston, Ontario, Canada31 Dec 1908, Thu  •  Page 1

Born in York, Ontario, Canada on 23 Apr 1896 to John Alexander Kelly and Matilda Ostrom. Nelson Alfred Arthur Kelly had 4 children. He passed away on 11 Apr 1958 in Toronto, York, Ontario.


Most families have historic photographs of their ancestors either in albums, frames or stored in boxes. Some photographs are more striking than others. Take for example our latest digital donation – images of Nelson A Kelly and his collection of puppets! From- CLICK HERE

Nelson was born in 1896 in Toronto and grew up there attending Dewson St. School. He serve in WW1 as a member of the 48th Highlanders. Mr Kelly learned the art of ventriloquism from his father John A. Kelly.  He had a large collections of puppets of all types and sizes and enjoyed rebuilding damaged puppets in his workshop. He was generous in entertaining friends and organizations. Kelly often entertained at Post 59, Canadian Legion where he was a member and president.  He also was a member of the Hat and Rabbit Club in Toronto. These photographs are dated by the family around 1955. Mr. Kelly died in 1958 at the age of 62.

CHPF thanks the Reusch family for this colourful addition to the Foundation. Our archivists encourage that historic photographs such as these be kept in a cool, dry space, away from direct sunlight. Ideally it is best to remove them from albums with glue or smelly plastic as these can damage delicate photographs over time. As always if you are ever unsure of how to preserve your historic images bring them in or contact us. We are happy to help! from- CLICK HERE

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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