Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lennie and His Band Play for a Magic Lantern Show

Ah, it's October already. Lennie is busy this week. And the Wakefield Cornet Band is busy, too, playing for more than one event, including a "Magic Lantern show". Read on.

Sunday, October 2,
A nice day. Went to Emerson after Prof
(Lennie was pretty sparse with his words so I'm reading between the lines, so to speak. Earlier in the year Lennie was not on very good terms with the Prof at school. In fact in one entry he says the Prof got mad at him but "nobody got hurt". Here it seems the Prof trusts him to pick him up in Emerson, Nebraska, for a 10-mile trip back home to Wakefield.)

Monday, October 3, 1898
Band played in Opera Hall.

Tuesday, October 4, 1898
Went to Cornwall. Played all day.
(It sounds as if Lennie and the Wakefield Cornet Band are playing in Cornwall, Nebraska. I'm assuming Cornwall was a small town in 1898 but I can't find anything on the internet. Many small settlements disappeared as populations moved to towns with railroad connections, etc. Cornwall may have been one of those towns.)

Wednesday, October 5, 1898
Got up at 7:30. Played all day. Went to bed at 11.
(And the band plays on!)

Thursday, October 6, 1898
Came home and went to school.

Friday, October 7, 1898
Started to do Smith's chores. Went to band practice.

Saturday, October 8, 1898
A nice day. Went to magic lantern show. Band played for it.
(Click here and here to read more about "magic lanterns". The "Magic Lantern" was an early kind of slide projector which was used to show pictures which had been printed on square glass plates. These shows were the closest thing to going to the movies in Lennie's teen years. Did you know that 3-D images were already being used in Lennie's time?)

As for the photo of Lennie and his friend? I haven't a clue. But I do believe it was taken several years after 1898. Lennie did participate now and then in a town theatrical production and I'm guessing this is from one of those events.


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