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UAP 11698

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Fifteen Bubbles from the 1922 May Fete hold large balloons. The Wizard, played by Maurice Johnson, stands near a large windmill at the right. A white picket fence, Mother Goose books, wheelbarrows, large alphabet blocks and a large standing goose make up the rest of the background. The Carnegie Library Building stands behind the fence. The powerhouse and its smokestack are visible to the left. The May Fete was a modest production from 1909-1916 until Nell Martindale took over as head and expanded the small show into a spectacular dance-drama. From 1917 to 1927, May Fete saw elaborate sets and as many as 500 performers. The last May Fete was in 1927 when Martindale resigned to be married.


May Fete; Students; Balloons; Windmill; Mother Goose Book; Wheelbarrows; Alphabet Books; Goose; Carnegie Library Building; Powerhouse; Picket Fence; The Wizard; Smokestack; Balloons; Windmills; Wheelbarrows; Alphabet; Library buildings; Fences; College students

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

Carnegie Library (Grand Forks, N.D.); University of North Dakota

People Depicted

Johnson, Maurice


Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota