Gardner, Massachusetts: 1913-1916. Hardcover. This scrapbook-journal measures 7” x 8½“ and contains 53 pages of entries filled with text, clippings, and ephemera. Most of the clippings and ephemera have been glued to the pages; a few have been laid in. Clean pages with sound binding. The journal cover shows some wear, heaviest at spine ends. Otherwise, in nice shape. Very good. Item #009509
The Delta Male Quartette was as small-town, apparently semi-professional, singing group. The journal begins with an “Introduction” that explains the group’s origin, “Having been interested in musical lines together, Robert H. Little, Harold W. Eames and Walter L. Clark decided to form a quartet. The first difficulty was that of securing a fourth member. After several try-outs . . . the problem was finally solved by Guy Andrews.” The journal than proceeds to document all the groups performances and features over fifty clippings, programs, letters, advertisements, and even a Christmas card. The group had a standing engagement the Methodist Episcopal Church in Gardner performing twice at each service. Other venues included banquets, civic meetings, schools, social organizations, benefits, funerals, etc. At one benefit, the quartet “cleared $150 for an injured high school football player." Some of its concerts were patriotic, and on at least two occasion the members dressed in plaid for Scottish programs. Attendance at their concerts ranged from 150 to 200. A nice first-hand record of an early 19th-century small-town musical group.