As people go about their day on the streets of Dublin they see "hoardings," or billboards, advertising a show to be performed by "Mr Eugene Stratton." Eugene Augustus Ruhlmann, a white American from Buffalo, NY, performed under that name in blackface, dancing and singing "coon songs."

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Poster advertising Eugene Stratton's performances at Dublin's Theatre Royal during the week of 16 June 1904. Source: chem.engr.utc.edu.

Edwardian postcard of Eugene Stratton, reproduced in David Pierce, James Joyce's Ireland (1992).