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Posted on 01/28/2016


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Labor Day Clambake Ticket, Bristol County Association of the G.A.R., Sept. 6, 1888

Labor Day Clambake Ticket, Bristol County Association of the G.A.R., Sept. 6, 1888
"Bristol County Association. G.A.R. Clambake. Riverview Park, Labor Day. Seat No. 332."

Handwritten additions to the front of this ticket: "C. L. Deane & J.D.H. Jr. Sep. 6/88. (over.)"

Handwritten note on the back (see below): "Worst clam bake I ever went to. Tables set in open field. Broiling hot sun. Clams half done. One waiter to our table. Everything in the bake was smoky. Everybody disgusted. C. L. Deane."

"C. L. Deane" was clearly displeased with the food and service at the clambake that he and "J.D.H. Jr." attended as part of an early observance of Labor Day in 1888. The Bristol County Association, based in Bristol County, Massachusetts, was a local chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), an American Civil War veterans' organization.

C. L. Deane may have been Charles Learned Deane (1871-1955). If so, he would have been only 17 years old when he registered his complaints about the clambake on his ticket for seat no. 332.

Worst Clambake Ever

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