Walter began his career working in the novelty shops on Broadway below 14th Street. It was near to the entertainment district where the best vaudeville acts played. 

Uptown in the Bronx, where the Rabinowitz family had relocated on Tiffany Avenue, the entertainment was less elaborate — a nickelodeon with live singers performing between the films. 

Nickelodeons had been all the rage in recent years. In 1912, there was a fresh new act, Ruby and Edwards, playing in at the most popular nickelodeon in the Bronx.

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