Item #8854 National Horse Fair! at the Washington Park, Providence, R. I. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 7, 8 and 9, 1863, Under the Park Management of the Washington Park Association.
National Horse Fair! at the Washington Park, Providence, R. I. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 7, 8 and 9, 1863, Under the Park Management of the Washington Park Association.
National Horse Fair! at the Washington Park, Providence, R. I. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 7, 8 and 9, 1863, Under the Park Management of the Washington Park Association.
National Horse Fair! at the Washington Park, Providence, R. I. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 7, 8 and 9, 1863, Under the Park Management of the Washington Park Association.

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National Horse Fair! at the Washington Park, Providence, R. I. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 7, 8 and 9, 1863, Under the Park Management of the Washington Park Association.

Providence: Daily Post Print, 1863. Illustrated circular, 12.25” x 10”. 4 pp., wood engraving on p. 1. CONDITION: Good, folds to corners of outer leaves, a couple small marginal tears, light soiling to p. 4.

A circular advertising a Rhode Island horse fair held during the Civil War, with a handsome and well-printed wood engraving of a horse and its handler on the first page.

Announcing an equestrian fair “worthy…of the consideration and patronage of all who desire to improve the blood and beauty of the noble animal to be exhibited,” this circular entices the public with the promise of the largest premiums “ever offered in New England” and a locality “in most respects unsurpassed by any in the country.” Those attending were obligated to adhere to several guidelines, including a prohibition from all “GAMBLING and the sale of intoxicating liquors upon the grounds,” which were enforced by “an efficient Police” who “will be constantly on the grounds to preserve order and enforce the rules, with directions to eject any person…for any adequate misdemeanor.” In addition to competitions between “Draft Horses,” “Brood Mares,” “Fastest Pair Trotting Horses,” “Gentleman’s Driving Horses,” and a “Five Mile Trot,” the various premiums or cash awards for which are listed here, this fair held a race to determine the “Fastest Trotting Horses, in Harness,” open to all participants, offering a $1000 premium for the winner and a $200 reward for second place. A program appears on the verso of the second leaf, allowing spectators and participants to plan their days accordingly. 

An unusual survival of what must have been a welcome diversion during the trying days of the Civil War.

Item #8854

Price: $375.00

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