An extremely rare broadside program for an irreverent Washington’s Birthday celebration at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. The large size, dramatic display type and unusual content combine to render this a most suitable display piece.
The broadside features several lines of headline type followed by a program for “cremation exercises by the juniors,” apparently a burning schoolbooks on the occasion of Washington’s birthday, perhaps to celebrate the end of term. The text is similar in style and spirit to the broadsides produced for 19th-century July 4th “Horribles” parades, combining irreverence, absurdity and “inside” jokes. The program includes for example a lecture on “The Arts and Sciences” in which “A Senior Englishman would account for the emaciated appearance of this Kansas Sufferer, by saying that he was fired from a cannon, and then chased by a tribe of Indians.”
Not in OCLC
Minor offset, soiling and staining, and a few mends at edges. Folds flattened, lined on verso.