The Bell Family

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Carlos Bell

Carlos Bell in Ben-Hur, c. 1920

Havana, Cuba, June of 1918, Colorful oversized posters announce this evening’s show:

¡Bell Family Vaudeville Company!

Backstage, surrounded by journalists, photographers, and assistants, the Bells rehearse for a typical performance of their Vaudeville show. Later, the lights will go down and Carlos Bell opens the evening with an act of gymnastics and strength, lifting one hundred and fifty-pound cannon balls upon his shoulders.

Ricardo’s virtuoso violin then soothes the audience with popular and classic tunes. Holding a shotgun in each hand, Eduardo shoots simultaneously at different targets held by his undaunted wife, Nelly.

Edward A. Bell, Sr. and Nellie Bell

Sharp-shooting act. Edward Bell, Sr. and wife Nelly Lewis Bell. South America, c. 1917

Jorge Bell

Jorge Bell and Bobby, c. 1917

George the Ventriloquist engages in a conversation among his alter-ego Bobby—a life-size wooden doll with an Andalusian accent—himself, and another character of his choosing. The talented George can imitate seventeen different voices.

The Bell Family