Meredith New Hampshire 1898 rare original Minstrel ole Plantation Show BroadsideBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Life on de ole Plantation.
(Americana, Playbills, New England, New Hampshire, Meredith).
Issued 1898, Meredith, New Hampshire by Meredith News Print.
Rare ephemeral (blatantly racist) 120+ year old broadside announcement / advance advertisement for a Library benefit black dialect minstrel show. Late 19th century Americana of a controversial nature.
This type of random, late 19th century small town local minstrel show broadside has a survival rate which is miniscule in comparison to number printed (let's guess in 100-500 copies range originally), and stray examples (especially so clean in appearance) like this could well be unique today.
Among the songs listed, several are with obvious derogatory black dialect style wording. In addition to a remarkably large cast of 20 local (? or a traveling minstrel show?) actors and actresses, the show included an "Old-time Plantation Cake-walk" introducing the songs "The Dark*y Cavalier" and "My Coal Black Lady" plus classics such as "I wish I was a Little Black Coon, Yes I Do" and ""Keep in de Middle ob de Road" (!).
Mr. James Horrigan was also there performing banjo songs in his "Black-Face", plus doing "monologues and funny sayings". Mr. E.C. Morse of Manchester, N.H. had "kindly volunteered to deliver a "Darkey Stump Speech". A social promenade followed the show and all were invited to attend. Oh yeah, let's all get together in public to laugh at and make fun of people who are different from us, particularly those we don't understand or sympathize with for whatever reasons we have. Tickets were available down at "Sanborn's Drug Store" in the village center [George F. Sanborn, Meredith].
Soft old fold lines, possibly as issued? [for sending within an envelope as advance advertisement].
Sheet Measures c. 15 1/2" H x 6 1/2" W.