[Emmett, Id. ca. 1920]. Broadside poster, 22.5 x 33.5 inches. Printed in blue and red on tan paper. Old folds. Light chipping and wear, minor loss at some corner folds. Pencil notations on verso. About very good. Item #816
Fabulous broadside poster advertising the Fourth of July celebrations at Emmett, Idaho, a tiny town located a few miles northwest of Boise. With the bold headlines of "Celebrate at Emmett July 4th / Big Fireworks Display at Night" printed in red, the remainder is printed in blue, including several woodcuts. Activities for the day include a midnight frolic to kick of the Fourth, followed by a 4 a.m. salute, a parade and speeches later in the morning, a baseball game in the afternoon, then races and C.F. Zeiger's United Shows in the early evening, closing out with fireworks and a dance. The whole is sponsored by Post No. 49 of the American Legion. The poster further advertises concessions, free restrooms and lunch grounds, and prizes for the best parade floats. The verso has a contemporary pencil note which reads, "Program of the Big event at Emmett. Everybody welcome, bring plenty of cheer and a good appetite-- ordered Black Cherries, Pop, Post'O [?] and other delicacies -- Dad & Mom." Visually striking and rare.