A while ago I acquired a few delightful costume sketches sighed ‘Gene’ and dating from the 1920s. Further research has revealed that the artist was named Gene Boshko – but who was Gene?
‘Gene’ or Gene Boshko, was living in America and must have created these costume sketches for a purpose. One of them was annotated ‘used at the opening of Crandall’s Tivoli Theatre, Washington DC.’ It was matched with a small photograph of the finished costume in situ. Harry M Crandall owned theaters in Washington DC and opened the Tivoli Theater. as a movie palace, at 3215 14th Street on 5th April 1924.
A costume design by ‘Gene’ seen at the opening of the Tivoli Theatre, Washington DC, 1924Although there are no big credits for Broadway shows she may have worked for a big costume house, sketching designs for minor productions and movie theatre shows. All attempts to trace further information has been limited with the exception of one press clipping from 1939.
It would appear that Gene was a woman since in a newspaper article date June 1939 in the Long Island Star and Journal there was a photo of her and a caption ‘Gene Boshko of Elmhurst, president of the student union (at Queensboro Art Centre, Flushing), demonstrates how a few odds and ends picked up in the corner of the pantry can be converted into an object d’art.’ But sadly, the surname Boshko or Boshco does not resonate online or on ancestry, so the spelling must be dubious.
Any information on this artist would be gratefully received.