Item #4229 The Corn Huskers Book of Square Dances and Other Old Time Dances : Showing How to Call Them and How to Dance Them. George W. Wade, Harry E. Jarman.
The Corn Huskers Book of Square Dances and Other Old Time Dances : Showing How to Call Them and How to Dance Them

The Corn Huskers Book of Square Dances and Other Old Time Dances : Showing How to Call Them and How to Dance Them

Toronto, ON: Thomas Burt & Company, 1933. First Edition. A seminal Canadian Square Dance instruction manual and possibly, one of the first Canadian Square Dance manuals ever published, thereby helping to cement the new forms of western Square Dance into place for north american callers and dancers. Saddle stapled card wraps, 4to (11-1/8 inches tall), pp. 48, illustrated w. photo reproductions, line drawings and tail pieces, "Copyright 1933" printed on verso of front cover, ads to both sides of bottom cover. Volume w. wear and soil to covers, brief pencil notation to front cover, split at heel of spine up to just about the half way point, four original staples previously removed [i.e. currently unbound], text with a few dog ear corners and occasional finger soil, else clean and complete. Published in the midst of the Great Depression when any sort of low-cost recreation would have been heavily subscribed to, this rare copy has the heavy use to prove the welcome relief it personally provided from the difficulties of everyday life. Good. Item #4229

OCLC locates just a single traceable copy of this edition, that at the Dimond Library Special Collections in Durham, NH. The U of Toronto lists their copy as missing ; the LOC copy has, we believe, been catalogued with a spurious date, and when we contacted them for clarity, they could neither confirm nor deny the date as their copy as it was also found to be missing. ; UBC and LAC have later, third editions of this work. George Wade and His Cornhuskers (or Corn Huskers) [were] the most popular Canadian country band of its day. Though details of its history are sketchy, it is known that the band, led by the caller George Wade was based in Toronto and performed for dances in Ontario and Quebec from the mid-1920s probably until the 1940s. The band began broadcasting on CFRB, Toronto, in 1928 and in 1933 became the first group of its type to perform on the CRBC. It was heard regularly on the CRBC and, in turn, the CBC until the late 1930s, and toured in the Maritimes in 1933 and in western Canada ca 1935... Wade and the Cornhuskers was a highly influential large band, one of the few recorded in Canada by RCA in the decade prior to the onset of World War II... One well-known Canadian artist who was influenced heavily by Wade's band was Don Messer, who fashioned his own concept and his group the Islanders after attending a gig by Wade and the Cornhuskers. The Museum of Canadian Music - accessed 08/22.

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