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Program - 'Football Get-Together Night', Melbourne Town Hall, 29 Aug 1938 Document Reg. No: HT 30821

Summary:
Program for a 'Football Get-Together Night' held at the Melbourne Town Hall on 29 August 1938. The event was organised by the Herald & Weekly Times newspaper with proceeds going to the State Relief Committee Fund. The cover is by Bluey and Curley artist Alex Gurney and it is signed by Arthur 'Titch' Edwards, Fitzroy Football Club player at the time who also appears in one of the performance acts. The contents include advertisements for various Melbourne businesses, and a page promoting opticians Coles & Garrard with a photograph of the C&G black and white minstrels in the 3DB radio station studio. The double central page features the evening's program: 'The Herald Football Minstrels of 1938' along with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Band. The final page includes a list of the entire Minstrel Company, including 29 football players across the two leagues and five umpires.
Description:
Program with full colour cover, 24 pages with 2 staples at central spine. Cover features an illustration by Alex Gurney showing a row of 12 seated black and white minstrels wearing top hats in Victorian Football League and Victorian Football Association club colours. They are playing banjos, tambourines and 'bones.' A field umpire in white acts as conductor. It is signed by Fitzroy Football Club player Arthur 'Titch' Edwards. Inside pages feature advertisements for Melbourne businesses, short articles by club representatives and a central double page with the evening's program: 'The Herald Football Minstrels of 1938.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 185 mm (Height), 250 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: football, performances, sporting memorabilia, sporting teams, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: Herald & Weekly Times Newspapers, Melbourne, Victoria, Victorian Football League (VFL), Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity
Tertiary Classification: stereotypes
Inscriptions: Front cover: 'FOOTBALL GET-TOGETHER NIGHT / MELB. TOWN HALL / AUGUST 29TH / 1938 / PROCEEDS FOR STATE RELIEF COMMITTEE FUND.'
Signed bottom left corner: 'GURNEY.'
Autographed: 'Tich Edwards.'
Organisation Named: State Relief Committee, Government of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 29 Aug 1938
Organiser of Event: Victorian Football League, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1938
Sponsor: Herald & Weekly Times Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1938

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