Farmers’ Mass – 1897 Victoria, BC, Canada

This week’s Vancouver Postcard Club meeting theme is New Found Treasures. Here’s one of mine – a 1897 concert rehearsal reminder card. Oh, the days before e-mail!

Save0006 Save0007Rehearsal reminder card, Farmers’ Mass rehearsal, Victoria, BC, Canada, May 1897.  Really I can’t quite read the name this card was sent to: W (or Mr.) Wall? Mull? and James Junr, Victoria – do you have another take on this? Or recognize the name?

I did find this article about the performance of the Farmer’s Mass in the Victoria Daily Colonist, Sunday, 2 May 1897, page 8.  Since this is not the best copy, see the digitized page copy by following this link.

Screenshot 2014-06-15 08.15.19And according to an earlier newspaper report, there was to be a photograph taken of the orchestra, chorus and soloists at one of the rehearsals by Mr. Fleming (Victoria Daily Colonist, 29 April, 1897, page 5).  Perhaps a copy survives?

The performance was repeated at the Nanaimo Opera House later in the month as a benefit for the Nanaimo hospital.