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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 6, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Sept. 6, 1920


Workers among the legionaries and Ladies’ Auxiliary have converted the Natatorium into a veritable bower of beauty. Lavish use of crepe paper, spruce, fir and laurel boughs together with an artistic arrangement has resulted in wonders. Without any doubt the present decorations are the most sumptuous ever set up in Medford.

A large crowd is expected at the dance, the proceeds of which are to be used to start a fund for permanent quarters for the legion and auxiliary.


The stage at the Page theatre will be the scene of silk stockinged revel and nimble kneed carnival, for “Frivolities of 1920,” the G. M. Anderson musical revue which was but lately an hilarious habitant of the 44th St. Theatre, New York, comes to Medford for an engagement of two nights, next Saturday and Sunday.

The current edition of “Frivolities” is the first of a series, one of which annually will offer some solace to those whose lives are frayed around the edges because of the iniquities of the eighteenth amendment and kindred annoyances. As such it has the distinction of being the first amusement type ever designed to bridge a social chasm.

“Frivolities” consists of a welter of specialties, singing, dancing and comical linked together by melodies, abounding with scenic and lighting novelties that have hiterto been strangers to the musical comedy stage.


Funny Washburn Farce

At this period when everybody is discussing the national prohibition lay, “What Happened to Jones” comes as a delicious comedy tidbit which patrons of the Liberty theatre swallowed with a relish last night — and asked for more!

Bryant Washburn’s handling of the laughable George Broadhurst farce takes full advantage of the timely theme. Altho Broadhurst wrote the success for the stage long before dryness became a national characteristic, the scenes of “bootlegging” are so overwhelmingly true to present day conditions as reflected in the public press, that last night’s crowd burst into roars of laughter at every incident.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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