Mr T. Shale
The character gets his name from the closely sewn rows of buttons on the page boys tunics. He first appeared in Pantomime in 1860, a creator of the writer H.J. Byron as 'Buttoni'
Thomas Augustine Shale (1864-1953) usually billed as Tom A Shale a comic actor, appeared in theatres up and down the country and US from 1885 to at least 1934.
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