[Woodbury, Ct. 1858]. Printed broadside, 18 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches. Old folds, some foxing and toning, mild staining, a few short fold separations. About very good. Item #WRCAM54714
A striking broadside advertising an Independence Day celebration in Woodbury, Ct. in 1858. The event included a picnic, a 33- gun salute, prayers, music performances, speeches, readings, toasts, and other "Amusements," including a "Smooth Pole Tournament," a sack race, a wheel-barrow race, and a "Guessing Match." Chief among the events is a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Rev. C.T. Woodruff. Ice water and lemonade would be provided, though people were encouraged to bring their own food. The broadside lists the Committee of Invitation, and concludes with a notice that Merrill's Brass Band will give a concert at 7pm at Town Hall. Admission to the concert is 15 cents. The top of the broadside is headed with an engraving of a bald eagle clutching a banner in its beak reading, "E Pluribus Unum." A patriotic display piece from just before the Civil War, a time that would test the meaning of patriotism itself. OCLC locates a single copy, at the Connecticut State Library. OCLC 43331903.