Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hidden Treasures

I was shelving books in the Historical Room when I noticed a pile of papers hidden away in the dark recesses behind the histories of Maine. I pulled the row of books forward so I could reach the papers. It was a stack of banquet advertisements and receipts from the Strafford County Republican Club circa 1880s. I love this advertisement for dinner and "jollification". Dinner includes such treats as cold ox tongue and escaloped oysters. I hoped I had discovered a lost copy of the U.S. Constitution, or an unpublished Edgar Allan Poe manuscript. Turned out to be nothing so valuable, but it was interesting.

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