Tag Archive: 1890 Strawberry Festival

Who were the Peak Sisters and what were they doing in Needham, MA in 1890?

The more I look at this 1890 Strawberry Festival poster, the more questions I have about it. What’s an observation table? Who was Professor Pike? Walter Morgan? Is that mangled name Alice Wilcox?… Continue reading

How did people make ice cream before freezers?

I continue to be fascinated by this Strawberry Festival poster, specifically the question of how on earth do you make ice cream without mechanical or electrical refrigeration? My copy of The Original Fannie… Continue reading

How could the price of ice jeopardize an entire Strawberry Festival?

Electric refrigerators capable of making ice and keeping food cold weren’t widely available for residential (and by extension church use) until 1913. Even then, most people relied on the old system in which… Continue reading

How could the Friendly Society have staged the 1890 Strawberry Festival when they’ve only been around 79 years?

For that matter, how could the Friendly Society have collected money to support Dr. Margaret O’Hara’s work in India* in 1915? Hosted the reception following the Burning of the Mortgage in 1907? Sewn… Continue reading

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