Pardon the interruption from strictly political bloggery for this important dispatch from the part of my sense of humor that never advanced past age 12.
But so we’re not completely devoid of info here: this is a promotional brochure for General Bonner Fellers as a speaker on the “Circuit Chautauqua,” a traveling series of lectures, musical numbers and other performances popular in the early 1900s.
What began as an educational summer camp for families in Lake Chautauqua, New York, in 1874 became local assemblies and then touring programs that brought culture and edification to towns across America. Teddy Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing in America.”
Their dwindling popularity beginning in the late 1920s is generally attributed both to The Great Depression and the rise of radio, film television.
3-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan was a highly sought-after Chautauqua speaker and headliner. There, I tied it to politics.
Found via the University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections Department