|The Somerville Firemen's Carnival circa 1907|
|A typical Excelsior Carnival setup circa 1906|
|The Somerville Firemen's Carnival circa 1908|
|Professor H.S. Maguire and Mascot|
|Don and Dot Ford poster collage|
|Don Ford before a jail cell escape|
|Gus White's Punch, trade card|
While there is no reason to believe that Somerville's fairgrounds or shows were segregated, we do know that some of what our great-grandparents found entertaining would be highly objectionable today - minstrel shows and other black-face entertainers were common during the period and were employed by Excelsior.
|Chief Long Feather|
In 1907 the carnival was in Somerville from July 3rd through July 13th. There was record-breaking attendance on Saturday, July 8th, and great weather for the entire run. And the best news, each of the four fire companies received a net profit of $100!