The three performers depicted on the letterhead are Charles W. Nestel ("Commodore Foote"), his sister Eliza Nestel ("Queenie Foote"), and Joseph Huntler ("Colonel Small"). Letterhead printed in blue ink on white lined paper. The letter, from the troupe's agent P.A. Clarke, seeks to arrange a booking in Danville, PA. Offered with the stamped illustrated envelope [postal cancel]. Minor wear, Very Good.
The elaborate envelope illustration and its printed text depict the three performers, flags in the background, and reads: ELLINGER & FOOTE'S COMBINATION, THE LITTLE MINIATURE TRIO. COMMODORE FOOTE, MISS ELIZA NESTELLE, COL. SMALL, THE THREE SMALLEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD./ MRS. C.G. RUSSELL, W.B. HARRISON, PROF. G.H. BROOKS, MASTER ZACK, MASTER WILLIE. / COL. WM. ELLINGER, DIRECTOR. C.G. RUSSELL, TREASURER. P.A. CLARKE, BUSINESS AGENT."
The envelope is addressed to Agt. Thompson Hall, Danville, Penna., cancelled 3 cent red Washington stamp, and postal rubberstamp dated Hagerstown, March 186? Small rubberstamp beneath envelope flap on verso, "E.D. Foote Collection." Item #36740