Found on EBay – ‘Bert Williams: Son of Laughter’

Bert Williams Son of Laughter
Note: This post has been corrected.

A rather bedraggled copy of “Bert Williams: Son of Laughter,” a tribute to the  vaudeville entertainer,  has been listed on EBay at $300. Although that might seem high, this is a fairly rare edition (it was apparently reissued several times) and the copies listed on are even more expensive.

“Bert Williams: Son of Laughter” is also listed in

As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be evaluated thoroughly before submitting a bid.

Corrected on Feb. 28, 2012, at 9:16 a.m. As Eve Golden points out, it is wrong to describe Bert Williams as African American. Thanks, Eve!


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5 Responses to Found on EBay – ‘Bert Williams: Son of Laughter’

  1. Eve says:

    Actually, Bert Williams was neither African nor American–he was born in the British West Indies.


  2. That’s not necessarily a mistake. African Americans is an all encompassing term for blacks in the United States. African terminology reflects the origins of all blacks, British West Indies included, and American reflects our citizenship. The term is all inclusive, meaning that while Bert Williams can be from the Caribbean, just like Marcus Garvey, or Sidney Poitier, they can also be African Americans also. A non black example could be: A person comes from Canada, with Irish roots. They become United States citizens. They can be called Irish American without that being wrong. The same with African Americans.


  3. One last thing, Bert Williams was a naturalized American citizen, so it’s completely accurate.


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