Boley, Ok. Boley Chamber of Commernce, 1979. 68pp. Original black wrappers lettered in silver, stapled. Soft vertical creased throughout, moderate edge wear, wrappers about halfway separated along spine fold. Occasional minor spotting to text, small chip to top of first leaf, one page with ink notations, middle two gatherings sprung. Good. Item #3838
Boley, Oklahoma was founded in 1903 as a refuge for African-American pioneers in the state. Today, it remains a mostly Black town, but is also comprised of a healthy population of people of Native American ancestry. The present work was produced to advertise the annual rodeo in Boley in 1979. It includes information on the town, its Chamber of Commerce, a list of Boley's state school employees, the high school's basketball schedule, and other information on the town, including a two-page history. The work is profusely illustrated with photographs of Boley's town council, Chamber of Commerce officers, judges, commissioners, the rodeo's arena directors, and other notable local officials. The centerfold could be removed from the work and serve as an advertising poster for the rodeo. Interspersed throughout the work are well wishes for the rodeo, memorials for deceased local citizens, and other notices, as well as many dozens of advertisements for businesses and organizations in Boley and the surrounding towns of Prague, Okemah, Paden, and so forth. Many of the businesses are Black-owned or naturally designed to serve the Black community in Boley, such as Marzett Brothers Contractors, Smokaroma, and the Funk Ship Connection, among others. As such, the program is practically a directory for businesses friendly to the African-American community in Boley and the immediate area almost fifty years ago. OCLC reports single holdings of programs from the rodeos in 1977 (Wisconsin Historical Society) and 1983 (University of Arizona), but not the present year.