Hank Williams – 1951 Hadacol Caravan Show Handbill (Also Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Jack Dempsey, etc.)

An extremely rare handbill for the 1951 Hadacol Caravan Show, a multi artist traveling show promoting patent medicine Hadacol, and featuring the great Hank Williams, in addition to Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Carmen Miranda, Jack Dempsey, Minnie Pearl, Rudy Valley and others.  Hadacol was a patent medicine marketed as a vitamin elixer, but it’s main appeal was it contained 12% alcohol, especially in ‘dry’ areas of the South, where alcohol wasn’t sold.

In 1951, Hadacol owner Senatory Dudley LeBlanc (of Louisiana) promoted Hadacol by sending the Hadacol Caravan Show around the country on a 17-car train called the Hadacol Special.  The shows featured bicycle giveaways, beauty contests, and clowns selling Hadacol. Jack Dempsey, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, and Cesar Romero joined the show, which played for a month straight in Los Angeles. Hank Williams played the final act of the show and brought people to their feet every night.

This evocative handbill measures 8 1/2″ x 11″ and was originally folded down the middle for distribution.  In very good+ condition, with some minor curling from age.  How many of these could have survived?


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