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April 12, 2014

Oneonta reveled in spring 'Dress Up Week' in 1919

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Wednesday and Thursday nights featured a “Style Show,” held at The Oneonta Theatre, in connection with their regular shows.

“Interest in the event was so keen that shortly after 7 o’clock, when the doors of the theatre were opened, the orchestra circle and the first balcony were filled and not long after the gallery, so that before 7:20 o’clock, the time announced, standing room was at a premium and to the very end the room was crowded to the doors, while hundreds went away unable to gain admission.” It turned out to be a good thing that there was another show on Thursday night, which was also well attended. The theater changed their movie both nights. On Wednesday, they showed Fatty Arbuckle’s latest comedy, “Camping Out,” while on Thursday “The Girl Dodger,” starring Charles Ray was featured.

In addition to the fashion displays at the theater, the audience was entertained by solo vocalists, the Elks Glee Club, and “Ward’s Diamond Girl,” representing Eugene Leigh Ward’s store, “who came in for a goodly share of approbation and justly so, for it was a feature that could not fail to arouse admiration on the part of all.”

The recent Oneonta celebration of local men returning from World War I was still on the minds of many, so one performer truly brought the house down, although not on the program schedule.

Theater manager Addison presented “the last, but not the least, dressed by Uncle Sam. There then appeared Earl Chapman, recently a member of the 105th Field artillery, battery E, with the regulation uniform, spick and span. If applause had indicated the prize winner it would probably have gone to Mr. Chapman.”

After all this entertainment and flash in downtown Oneonta, it seemed there was only one thing left to do, according to the Star of Friday, April 11.

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