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By Henry Wood

ISBN-10: 081667230X

ISBN-13: 9780816672301

In the early 20th century, prior to radio and movies grew to become common, rural american citizens had few ideas for leisure. whereas vaudeville theaters have been sought after and well known within the towns, they have been scarce in rural and small-town the US, which was once hungry for either diversion and information from the remainder of the area. It used to be right here that the touring express thrived.

Leaving his native land of Viroqua, Wisconsin, to commute with a medication exhibit, twelve-year-old Henry wooden turned addicted to exhibit company. He joined a touring theater troupe, and best woman Clarabelle Fendell helped the boy develop into “Jack,” a gentleman and vaudeville performer, so reworked that he was once slightly well-known through his personal mom whilst he lower back home.

wooden spent the years 1910–1941 in touring medication and tent indicates that featured numerous vaudeville acts, from skits to full-length dramatic performs. even if recalling his studies skydiving from hot-air balloons, serving within the air strength, or being accosted via indignant theatergoers not able to tell apart him from the villains he portrayed on level, Wood’s tale paints a full of life and brilliant picture.

whereas so much books in this interval of yankee theater heritage concentrate on significant names in vaudeville and the leisure undefined, A Sawdust Heart exhibits what it used to be like for the true show-business staff and the performers who by no means made it substantial yet eked out a dwelling doing what they enjoyed on minor levels throughout America.
brought through Wood’s grandson-in-law Michael Fedo with a concise background of those touring indicates, A Sawdust Heart is an a laugh learn for a person drawn to early-twentieth-century rural America.


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Dan will take you downtown and get you all spruced up. ” The first order of business was a haircut. I’ll never forget it. It was the first professional cut I’d ever had, with tapered sides and the works. I felt a rush of pride when the barber winked at Dan and splashed bay rum on the back of my neck. Next stop was the department store where Dan bought me an entire outfit. The only trouble was that everything was white: the suit, shirt, tie, Panama hat, socks, and shoes. “That’s how my sister wants you, kid,” he said.

A big welcome, if you please, to Dr. ” Bill led a scattering of applause, and Frank came out of the wagon bowing and nodding. ” but nobody seemed to pay much attention, least of all Dr. Frank. Wherever medicine shows played, there were skeptics, but they usually stayed to listen anyway, and if a man said his elixir would cure blindness and cancer, even a skeptic might buy on the chance that it probably could take care of piles or cold sores. Frank had a smooth line, and soon the distrust gave way.

There have been other families where strife between one parent and youngsters may have been tolerated because of a good relationship with the other parent, but in the Wood household, Dad ruled with an iron fist. In the matter of our upbringing, Mother had nothing to say. The boys were Dad’s, and Mother had our sister, Sadie. As a result, I never really got to know my mother, a lovely artistic woman who played the piano and nurtured a love for music and tried, whenever she could, to encourage me.

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