[Flatbush Motor Corps, National League for Woman's Service, New York.] Programme of entertainment in aid of the Corps, including 'Houdini | The World's Greatest Mystifier' and 'The Celebrated Creator of the Jazz Dance Craze' Bert Kelly.

Flatbush Motor Corps, National League for Woman's Service, New York [Harry Houdini; Bert Kelly's Famous Band; Red Cross]
Publication details: 
[Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York.] Flatbush Theatre, Church and Flatbush Avenues. 9 December 1918.
SKU: 20961

[40]pp., small 4to. Stapled in brown printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Title from cover, where it is printed in blue, enclosed in a border of US flags, with clutch of four flags (UK Red Ensign, Cuban, French, US) in blue and red at head. Filled with advertisements, including an illustrated full-page one inside the front cover for 'Dodge Brothers | Convertible Car'. The first page carries a list of committee members and other officers, the second page a list in double-column of 'Patronesses', and the third page 'A Paragraph About the Corps', beginning: 'In March, 1918, Miss L. Zabriskie, Chairman of Flatbush Red Cross, conceived the idea of organizing a local Motor Corps, to meet immediate needs. […] The Corps consists of eighteen members, sixteen private cars and one truck. Its work comprises Red Cross City Hospitals, Naval Hospitals, Red Cross and Field Director, War and Intelligence Work, Board of Health and Draft Board, driving French sailors and Pershing men, assisting at Liberty Bond sales, taking supplies from Wallabout to Hospitals, Home Service, driving city ambulances, and responding to all emergency calls, at any hour, and of any nature whatsoever.' The fourth page carries a piece titled 'The Boys' Club', by Mark K. Ditmas, Chairman The Woman's Auxiliary Board of the Flatbush Boys' Club; the fifth page carries information on the Flatbush branch of the Red Cross; the sixth an advertisement for the New York Hippodrome. The 'Programme' is on the seventh, ninth and eleventh pages, the seventh page carrying the following notice of a performance by 'HOUDINI | The World's Greatest Mystifier' (nothing more), and the ninth this one: 'The Celebrated Creator of the Jazz Dance Craze | FRISCO | with | MISS LORRETTA McDERMOTT | and | BERT KELLY'S FAMOUS BAND | Will present his latest Repertoire of Novelty Dances'. The rest of the pamphlet carries advertisements and sponsored spaces, except for the penultimate page, which lists 'friends who have made generous donations to the Ambulance Fund', and the final page, which carries acknowledgments. No other copy traced on OCLC WorldCat, COPAC or in New York Public Library.