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The Penny Readings of Lanark County

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The Penny Readings of Lanark County

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1872-Innisville

John Ennis, Maggie and Beckie, Margaret, Mary Elizabeth, Jane Hopkins and myself went to Lanark Village for the 5 cent readings. There were 400-500 locals present and the entertainment was very good. John  Code-  with files from A Perth Boy in the Wild West-David Code

 

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  1. 17 Apr 1878, Wed,
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Appleton, Ontario-April 17 1874–Almonte Gazette

We have succeeded against considerable opposition in establishing a series of *penny readings. When they were first proposed the minority of the old folks sat in council at their own firesides and passed the following resolution :

“Whereas once upon a tune there was a Temperance Society organized in this place, and whereas said Temperance Society ended in a courting school and was thereby productive of harm to our young people, and whereas we have come to the conclusion that the readings contemplated will end likewise; Therefore be it resolved, that we discountenance them— Carried.”

Penny Readings were given periodically in Lanark County. There were travelling showmen, ventriloquists, slight of hand experts, magicians, acrobats all came, performed at a price, and passed on, contributing to the entertainment of the moment.

The best thing about the Penny Readings was its mutuality, it was a method of communal communal self-help. The person who was to take part as a performer attended for the greater part of the evening as a member of the audience. The effect upon the people as a whole was the strengthening of the bonds of neighbour lines.

There was a decidedly educational effect in the efforts that each prospective performer made in order to perfect his understanding of what he was to read and his powers powers as an elocutionist to “put it over” so that his audience might be both instructed and impressed. It requires no such preparation to watch the movies or turn the knob of a radio.

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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

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Entertainment in Rural Towns–Dancing Bears and Monkeys?

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Entertainment in Rural Towns–Dancing Bears and Monkeys?

 

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The Middle class Victorian families were at always happy at leisure in their drawing rooms or parlours playing chess backgammon or some other game board singing around their expensive upright pianos.

The Victorians had an appetite for the exotic and the strange, no doubt about it. They wanted novelty like the strange vaudevillian shows and feature presentations. They found joy in strolling entertainers around town such as dancing bears, *monkeys, the fire eaters and the jugglers. I have read many times that sometimes the Vaudevillian shows staying in our towns would provide a free street show at lunchtime… or some even sat in windows demonstrating their talents.

In October of 1887 a performing bear was listed as causing chaos in Lanark County. The postmaster of Perth shared his home with a travelling performer with his dancing bear. The postmaster accommodated the Bruin with a bed in the barn being careful to make sure he was chained at the stake.

In the small hours the bear got loose and went on a foraging expedition killing hens, skimming milk pans, and eating butter on the host’s supper table. The postmaster hearing a noise came down the stairs in his robe de nuit to see what was going on. When the two met face to face the Bruin hit down after feasting on the milk and butter. The postmaster escaped but his garment was rent. The bear’s owner was  made to leave quickly after that and the postmaster demanded  he had to pay $10.

 

 

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Lewis and Wardrobe Hippolympian appeared many times at The Chatterton House Hotel.  They performed songs and choruses, acrobatic and gymnastic feats, contortions etc. The Carleton Place Herald reported that Lewis and Wardrobe also  formed themselves into a brass band and performed in the town streets wherever they went. Nothing but talented, unique, and beautiful people.–Part 6-The First Mosh Pits in Carleton Place — The Opera House of the Chatterton House Hotel

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

 

 

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