[Dallas, Texas]: N.p., 1909. 21” x 5 1/8”. Three leaves, printed both sides, with a total of 32 photographic images. Very good: semi-circular chip to leaf with text affecting several letters as well as the image on verso; old folds at the separation of each image.
Three tall handbills, or as explained below, possibly one very tall handbill, marketing the 1909 State Fair of Texas. Its first four panels list daily special events related to concerts, horse races, fireworks and opportunities to ride Strobel's Air Ship. The other 32 panels are images of the fair, showing the entrance and grounds, many buildings and a few drawings of buildings that weren't completed at the time of publication. Other images include specific attractions, such as the children's toy shop operetta, sign frontage of the amusement park including John T. Backman's Animal Show, and “McGarvey, Female Impersonator”.
Based on a similar item held by Yale, this was probably mailed in a windowed envelope allowing for the exhibition of one of the images. The Yale copy is described as “1 folded sheet (18 panels) : chiefly illustrated; 54 x 40 [sic?] cm folded to 10 x 14 cm.” Our individual sheets each measure 54cm x 13cm and only fold in half, but the versos combined do have 18 panels of images including the image of McGarvey which is also described in the Yale copy. We're not sure if ours is a variant or the same thing. If the three sheets were meant to be joined, it would measure over five feet tall if displayed and that seems rather tall for a mailer this wide. We locate no other copies.
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