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Robert STEWART <[log in to unmask]>
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Robert STEWART <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:05:16 +0000
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There is a newspaper advertisement for Only One Night, and Only a Portion of That! MARK TWAIN will deliver a Lecture on the Sandwich Islands....  in the Sacramento Daily Union of October 10, 1866, page 4, col. 6. Google California Digital Newspaper Collection. The ad includes the bearded woman, six legged cow and, quote, That Curious and Unaccountable Freak of Nature, The Irish Giant, Who stands 9 fee That Curious and Unaccountable Freak of Nature, The Irish Giant! Who stands 9 feet 6 inches in hight and has a breadth of beam in proportion and who has been the pet of kings and the honored associate of the nobility and gentry of the old world, will not be present and need not be expected. The King of the Islands! Failed to arrive in season for the Lecture in San Francisco, but may be confidently expected on this occasion. endquote. 
I am sure I have seen other such ads in the California newspapers but that was the first one I found tonight.

    On Saturday, November 12, 2016 7:39 AM, Kevin Mac Donnell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 I would urge caution. It's quite possible posters were made with this 
wording, but I don't know of any that survive. Fatout says "huge posters" 
were plastered all over, but cites no source. That isn't to say he didn't 
have a source, but I should like to know it. Paine merely says 
"advertisements" and what Paine cites appeared in a newspaper, which could 
also have appeared as a handbill. I only make this distinction because 
posters were not cheap to produce and print, unlike handbills which are much 
less trouble and cost far less. Without a source or a surviving example, you 
could give birth to a bibliographical ghost. A small poster published in San 
Francisco in 1868 does have jokey wording, but not what Paine or Fatout 
cite. There are still other posters and handbills known, but none that I've 
seen with that wording. I'd love to know of one.

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-----Original Message----- 
From: Clay Shannon
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 8:41 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Has anyone got the text for the Twain lecture poster?

Thanks, Barb.
As serendipity would have it, I found it a few minutes later while reading =
Fatout's "Mark Twain on the Lecture Circuit." It is on page 36; it is a pro=
se description of what was on the poster, so it is not verbatim, but gives =
more info than I had prior, to wit:
A SPLENDID ORCHESTRA=C2=A0is in town, but has not been engaged
A DEN OF FEROCIOUS WILD BEASTS=C2=A0are on exhibit in the next block
A GRAND TORCHLIGHT PROCESSIONMay Be Expected=C2=A0in fact, the public are p=
rivileged to expect whatever they choose
- B. Clay Shannon

      From: Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 6:32 AM
Subject: Re: Has anyone got the text for the Twain lecture poster?
Albert Bigelow Paine's MARK TWAIN: A BIOGRAPHY, p. 292 of the 4-volume
edition (Chapter 54 titled "The Lecturer") features the text and layout of
the poster, although not a reproduction of the poster itself.=C2=A0 The com=
text of Paine's BIOGRAPHY is online at several sites.