Photo album document a University of Michigan student “County Fair.”
Photo album document a University of Michigan student “County Fair.”
Photo album document a University of Michigan student “County Fair.”
Photo album document a University of Michigan student “County Fair.”
Photo album document a University of Michigan student “County Fair.”
Photo album document a University of Michigan student “County Fair.”
Photo album document a University of Michigan student “County Fair.”
Photo album document a University of Michigan student “County Fair.”

Photo album document a University of Michigan student “County Fair.”

Ann Arbor, Michigan: 1908. Album. The album measures approximately 10.5” x 13” and contains 16 photographs; 15 are affixed to its pages, and one is laid in. Five of the photos measure 7.5” x 9”; the remainder 5” x 8”. Everything is in very nice shape. Very good. Item #009004

This is an excellent collection of large images that document a student-run parade and “County Fair” carnival in Ann Arbor that was held on May 1-2, 1908, which the Detroit Free Press called a “Mad Riot of Fun.” These fairs were held every three years by the Michigan Union, which was a male-only organization, although 50 different student organizations participated including sororities. All of the participating clubs competed to win a silver cup. A parade was held during the day, and at night the gym was turned into a carnival, which the newspaper reported was replete with “the cries of barkers . . . scores of oddly dressed people . . . and the presence of real girls who act as newsboys and confectioner.”

This album includes images of a band with members dressed as hobos and prisoners as well as a group of men dressed as suffragists with signs mocking the movement. Other photos include a shot showing fraternity men dressed in drag and view of the “Dip-Dip” ride and “Bosco’s Jungle.”

Several photos are signed in the negative by Alfred S. Lyndon, a prolific Ann Arbor photographer whose shop was located at the corner of North University and State Street.

Funds raised at the carnival were intended to fund a modest “Union Club House” for men only as the college’s women already had a social center within the Barbour Gymnasium. Plans for the Union Club House eventually morphed into the construction of the huge Union Building on State Street that is heavily used today by all students.

Price: $1,500.00