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This material is held at V & A Department of Theatre & Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47
Dates of Creation 1920-1970
Name of Creator Ray Gupta
Language of Material English
Physical Description 5 boxes (31 files)

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the personal papers, business correspondence, personal and production photographs, providing much information about the stage career of Trixie Scales and some material relating her husband, stage director Pat Anslow Austin between 1926-1970s.

The extensive range of production photos, publicity shots and personal photographs provides an unusual and detailed insight into the costumes and stage sets of famous West End revue shows of the 1920s and 1930s, particularly those of Andre Charlot.

Letters in this archive include one from Will Hay to Trixie Scales' mother, and letters to Trixie herself from John Mills, Frankie Howerd, and perhaps surprisingly, Edwina Mountbatten. There are also several original posters from productions featuring Trixie Scales. Later material includes correspondence about the Trixie Scales Theatrical Agency. Two Stage Director's books belonging to Pat Austin are also included in the archive.

Administrative / Biographical History

Trixie Scales was born on 9 July 1914 attended dancing classes as a child and appeared in amateur performances from an early age. She began her career as a chorus girl, appearing on stage in Andre Charlot's Revue of 1928 when she was just 14 years old.

Trixie Scales continued her career as a chorus girl in West End musicals, variety shows and revues, particularly those produced by Andre Charlot. In 1941, Trixie Scales married the stage director Pat Anslow Austin after he proposed to her by telegram at the Cabaret Club from his troop ship in Iceland. They worked together in a number of London musicals.

Trixie Scales went on to appear in cabaret shows, acted in small parts in British films - including In Which We Serve. Trixie Scales was also known as Julie Anslow later in her career. She eventually established her own theatrical agency.

Arrangement

Arrangement

The archive is arranged in four series:

  • THM/47/1 - Contracts and Correspondence Series
  • THM/47/2 - Photographs
  • THM/47/3 - Miscellaneous Printed Material
  • THM/47/4 - Pat Austin Material

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Acquisition Information

The archive was given to the Theatre Museum by Ray Gupta.

Custodial History

The archive was part of the estate of Trixie Scales.

Accruals

No further accruals are acquired.

Alternative Form Available

Some of the newspaper reviews of early productions are fragile, therefore photocopies are supplied for readers to use.

Personal Names

Austin, Pat Anslow
Scales, Trixie
Charlot, Andrew. ( 1882-1956)
Gupta, Ray

Corporate Names

Trixie Scales Theatrical Company

Cataloguing Info

Title Trixie Scales Archive
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Natasha Podro

Letters and Contracts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1
Dates of Creation 1928-1962
Physical Description 13 files

Scope and Content

Contracts issued to Trixie Scales, particularly from Andre Charlot and Jack Hylton. Also contracts relating to Trixie Scales as Ballet Mistress for pantomimes. The archive also contains contracts and letters relating to Trixie Scales' own theatrical agency, established in 1963. Most letters relate contracts and work, but do include some personal correspondence, including a letter from Edwina Mountbatten, thanking Trixie Scales for her participation in a charity show, and from Will Hay to Trixie Scales' mother in 1933. There are also letters in reply to letters sent by Trixie, including a letter from John Mills apologising that he cannot offer her any work at present (1953), a letter of thanks from Frankie Howerd, remembering her husband, and from David Jacobs, thanking her for writing to him. Telegrams to Trixie Scales also form part of this archive, mostly sent by family members to wish her luck in her new show, but there is also a telegram from Jack Hylton.

Arranged chronologically.


First employment contracts and letters

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/1
Dates of Creation 1928
Physical Description 1 folder

Early contracts and letters for West End shows

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/2
Dates of Creation 1930-1931
Physical Description 1 folder

Contracts: Chorus and pantomime work

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/3
Dates of Creation 1932
Physical Description 1 folder

Dancing, acting and modelling contracts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/4
Dates of Creation 1933-1934
Physical Description 1 folder

Contracts for appearance in revues

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/5
Dates of Creation 1935-1936
Physical Description 1 folder

Chorus, skater and dancer contracts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/7
Dates of Creation 1936-1938
Physical Description 1 folder

Receipts, contract, union card and payslips

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/7
Dates of Creation 1943-1945
Physical Description 1 folder

' Julie Anslow' contracts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/8
Dates of Creation 1950-1952
Physical Description 1 folder

' Julie Anslow'/ Trixie Scales contracts and television work

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/9
Dates of Creation 1953-1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Cabaret letters, contracts and T.V. payslips. Trixie Scales' Equity card

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/10
Dates of Creation 1956-1962 and undated
Physical Description 1 folder

Personal letters from John Mills, Frankie Howerd, David Jacobs and others

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/11
Dates of Creation 1933-1960
Physical Description 1 folder

Trixie Scales Theatrical Agency

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/12
Dates of Creation 1963-1975
Physical Description 1 folder

Telegrams

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/1/13
Dates of Creation 1928-1955
Physical Description 1 folder

Photographs albums and assorted loose photographs

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/2
Dates of Creation One photograph album dated 1928-1930, one undated, assorted loose photographs 1920s-1950s
Physical Description 6 files

Scope and Content

A number of production photographs, publicity shots of Trixie Scales, and numerous undated personal photographs. Another album, probably created by Trixie Scales herself features production and cast photos of Charlot Revues that she had appeared in, such as Follow Through and The Prosperity Party.

Arranged by category of photograph: publicity photographs; production photographs; signed photographs; personal and miscellaneous photographs.


Photograph album

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/2/1
Dates of Creation undated
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Photograph album. Various unlabelled photographs, personal. Undated. 23 pages of photographs. Includes a postcard of 'The Actors Orphanage, Main Entrance'.


Photograph album

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/2/2
Dates of Creation ca.1920s-1930s
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Black photograph album, made from a ruled notebook. Contains photographs from Charlot Revues. Start General Line-ups 1928. Next signed portraits of various artistes. Next photographs from " Follow Through" in 1929. Then portraits of some of the cast of "Follow Through". After these are some newspaper reviews of "Follow Through. Then various photographs and cast portraits for an 1930 revue by Chocrians. Then " The Prosperity Party" at the Trocadero - various cast photographs.


Publicity photographs of Trixie Scales

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/2/3
Dates of Creation ca. 1920s-1950s
Physical Description 1 folder

Assorted production photographs featuring Trixie Scales

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/2/4
Dates of Creation ca. 1930-1940s
Physical Description 1 folder

Personal Names

Scales, Trixie

Assorted signed publicity photographs dedicated to Trixie Scales and Pat Austin from friends and colleagues

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/2/5
Dates of Creation ca.1930-1940s
Physical Description 1 folder

Personal Names

Austin, Pat
Scales, Trixie

Assorted personal and miscellaneous photos, and hand-painted portrait and costume illustration

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/2/6
Dates of Creation ca.1930s-1940s
Physical Description 1 folder

Press cuttings and magazines and periodicals

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/3
Dates of Creation ca. 1930 - 1974, and undated
Physical Description 10 files

Scope and Content

Reviews, newspaper images, and related articles about various productions including: C.B. Cochran's 1930 Revue at the London Pavilion; 'London's First Pantomime' Sleeping Beauty at the Vaudeville; Viktoria and Her Hussar at the Palace Theatre; 'Please' at the Alhambra; Tip-Toes; Lucky Lady at the Carlton; The Prosperity Party at the Trocadero; Let's Raise the Curtain at the Victoria Palace; Stop & Go at the Vaudeville; How D'You Do? at the Comedy Theatre; Char-a-Bang at the Vaudeville Theatre; Hi-Diddle-Diddle at the Comedy Theatre.

Front page of The Sketch featuring a full page black and white photograph of [Trixie Scales] as one of C.B.Cochran's Young Ladies of the 'Revue of 1930', dated Wednesday 2nd July 1930; a front page from ' The Daily Mail' featuring Trixie Scales in an advertisement for 'Pepsodent' toothpaste, dated Thursday 26th June 1930.

Article entitled 'The Theatre Does its Share in Dispelling Depression' by Harold Conway. Article about value of entertainment and theatre during the Depression.

Arrangement

Arranged by production.


Assorted press cuttings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/3/1
Dates of Creation 1930-1938, some undated
Physical Description 1 folder

Assorted press cuttings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/3/2
Dates of Creation 1938-1974, some undated
Physical Description 1 folder

Programmes

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/3/3
Dates of Creation ca.1920-1936
Physical Description 1 folder

Programme for revue pieces featuring ' Olive Scales' [original name of Trixie Scales] in 'Apache Dance' and ' Violet Scales' in a solo

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/3/3/1
Dates of Creation undated

Programme for Andre Charlot's The Town Talks, Palace Theatre, London, featuring Trixie Scales as 'The Child' in Weekends. Stage Director Pat Anslow Austin

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/47/3/3/2
Dates of Creation Apr 27 1927
Physical Description 1 item