[Item #6105] Souvenir Program Booklet: "Rumford's Eighth Annual Winter Carnival" (February 6-7, 1931).
Souvenir Program Booklet: "Rumford's Eighth Annual Winter Carnival" (February 6-7, 1931)
Souvenir Program Booklet: "Rumford's Eighth Annual Winter Carnival" (February 6-7, 1931)

Souvenir Program Booklet: "Rumford's Eighth Annual Winter Carnival" (February 6-7, 1931)

Rumford, ME: Rumford Publishing Company, 1931. First Edition. Staplebound. This 90-year-old relic is emblematic of early small-town America. Established as a sleepy farming community in the 18th century, the town of Rumford in Oxford County, Maine, was officially incorporated in the year 1800. The Androscoggin River and the Rumford Falls are the center of the community as a hydroelectric power source for the milling industry; the surge of population growth came with the industrial harnessing of these natural formations to build mills for lumber, grain, and paper. Industrialist Hugh J. Chisholm (1847-1912) built the railways and established the Oxford Paper Company in a town of about 200 residents, and it remains the largest employer of the 6,000-person town today as the ND Paper Company. Rumford is also home to Black Mountain of Maine ski area where competitors from far away have competed in national and world championship events. This is where the Rumford Winter Carnival took place every year, hosted by the Chisholm Ski Club, with the goal that “every child shall be taught to love to play in the great outdoors, and to enjoy the fruits of health-giving recreation in the crisp, clear air and sunshine of this, our Grand old State of Maine” (1927 Rumford Winter Carnival program book). The Eighth Annual Winter Carnival in 1931 follows up a successful run of exciting programs in winter sports and activities with another year of competition and entertainment. The front cover features a familiar graphic (from previous years) with a new color scheme (blue and red), and it opens with “Compliments of Oxford Paper Company” inside the front cover. Then page two features ads for the “Rumford Falls Power Company / Hydraulic and / Electric Power” and the “Rumford Falls Light / and Water Company,” clearly indicating the priorities and pride of the town’s history. Governor [William] Gardiner (1892-1954; in office 1929-1933) is greeted as an attendee with a letter from the Chisholm Ski Club on page three, and then the schedule is listed for the three days of celebration. The carnival took place on the 6th and 7th, a Friday and Saturday, but it was kicked off with an orchestra concert on the evening of the 5th. The events that were featured included statewide meets of ski racing and jumping; junior events in ski jumping, ski relay races, snowshoe events, and dog sled races; & entertaining sections of fancy skating, comedy skating, a skating exhibition, and a Carnival Dance after the Carnival Wedding. A hockey game is the last sporting event before the awards are presented and the Carnival Queen is coronated, and the grand finale is the Snow Queen Ball. The remainder of the program book features vintage ads for lodging, sports equipment, and assorted businesses; page twelve shows “The New Ford” available at “Rumford Garage / Tel. 50” referring to the Model A sedan from Ford. Also included are details regarding the prizes that will be awarded and the participants in each sporting event. Large-Format Booklet in stapled wrappers: presumed First-&-Only Printing. Book is in relatively Near Fine condition with minor-to-moderate spotting, including water spots, to front, back covers; minor bumping, chipping to fine edges and corners of same; minor browning, color fading along the edges of same; all pages are present with minimal spotting along some edges, not affecting any text or photos; binding is strongly intact. Near Fine. [Item #6105]

Price: $25.00