Friday, July 06, 2018

Alice of Old Vincennes... a book I've never heard of, as a parade float.

But have you ever seen a 1929 truck flowered out like this?

It turns out that Alice of Old Vincennes became a pop-culture phenomenon: it was turned into a Broadway show that played at the Garden Theater in New York City in 1901 and 1902, starring Miss Virginia Harned, and it was also the basis for a popular song, “Alice of Old Vincennes (I Love You).” See the advertisement in a trade newspaper here; click here for a 1914 recording; and see the sheet music for piano here. Apparently, someone even thought it was a good idea to put Alice on a can of tomatoes, as you can see here

But what's even stranger? The high school Lincoln Vincennes, names their sports team, the Alices.


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:30 PM

    Alice's tomatoes? And who says they didn't know about double entendre back in the day?