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Tenny & Allen

Art Tenny 1877 – 1943

Babe Allen 1891 – 1964

Both were small-time vaudevillians, the type who provided the backbone of vaudeville, ready, willing and able to do a ten minute act or provide an entire evening’s entertainment. They met while appearing in vaudeville, married, had two children and formed an act and worked until vaudeville left them stranded in civilian life to which they never comfortably adapted.

Babe was a dancer who learned to handle comedy dialogue; Art was a gymnast who took up juggling, joke-telling and singing. From 1910 until 1933, they played tent shows, vaude houses, county fairs, church and Masonic halls entertainments.