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!
Rehearsal 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.
And 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.