Fred Russell and Coster Joe

Fred Russell, the ventriloquist, and Coster Joe in 1899

Like many music hall artistes, Russell had the problem of other artistes imitating his act.
'In consequence if the wholesale manner in which Mr.Russell's business has been appropriated by unscrupulous performers,
Managers are respectfully warned against permitting any infringement of his rights, as legal proceedings must follow'.

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