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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 232, September 27, 1857

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Identifier: DX03804611

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 232, September 27, 1857

Description: Describes going to several German places of entertainment in the Bowery.

Transcription:

[at]tempt at artificial rockery, weeds and grass growing on top of chaotically-piled paving stones, a party of Germans with their fraus and frauleins drinking thereon in proud pre-eminence. For the entree of all this you paid five ten cents, which also entitled you to a five cent drink. But the “Folk’s Garden,” which we next visited, was of higher pretense. Crowds thronged in and out, a pictorial intimation of a wax-work Mrs [Emma Augusta] Cunningham, Carlen and Bogus Baby garnished the door, and then ten cents paid for admission didn’t include a drink. The Volks Garden is a big rotunda, rather handsomely fitted up, with galleries, side rooms, and a very good band, which played selections from popular operas. The place was very full, the majority present Germans; and the sexes equally represented. We visited the additional attractions, on the upper floor, additional payments of ten cents (to each) procuring admission. The Wax work affair was very funny. A peculiarly grim looking “Mrs Cunningham” in black and bearing her name on a label stared at the spectator from the foot of an exceedingly small, scanty and curtainless bed, in which reclined another “Mrs Cunningham” in her night clothes and an impossible position, her eyes fixed in stern defiance on the junction of the wall with the ceiling, her right hand extended as though expectant of pennies and a wax baby lying crosswise over her middle. If one might be allowed to allude to her extremities I’d say they seemed to discontinue with singular abruptness. The exhibitor told us he had had

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1857-09-27

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Germans
Diaries
Leisure
Waxworks

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