Cumberland, Maryland (Entertainment)
and down the street. Each year musicians would come, such as accordian players who would play at street corners. After some music, one of the group would pass the hat. And the organ grinder with the monkey was present. The monkey would hold out the cup for coins. Minstrel shows would give a band concert in front of the theatre before the afternoon and night performances. The salesmen, who would show up each spring, were a show in themselves, selling corn cure, snake oil, and glass cutters. They would first give away a few free samples to get the attention of the crowd, then go into their pitch. It was a form of entertainment.
On September 1, 1916, a stranded vaudeville artist has-been gave public exhibitions on the post office plaza in front of the Centre Street fire station. Lying flat on his back, he allowed a large Paige touring car with five passengers to pass over his stomach. He drew a large crowd. His assistant took up a collection.
On December 12, 1916, Jack Williams, known as the human fly, scaled the walls of the Third National Bank, now the Liberty Trust Building, as several hundred spectators looked on.
On November 11, 1924, through the courtesy of local merchants, a minstrel show composed of local talent gave a show in front of the W. F. Frederick Piano Store on Baltimore Street. A platform was erected. Jimmie Rauch's Orchestra played. In the cast were Kirk Beckwith, Kuhn's Brothers, Ray, Howard and Earl, Bob Binnix, Mody Daum, and Tom Cox. Earl Bollinger was interlocutor.
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976