I spent at least an hour this past week, just looking at the clipping in an old scrapbook, trying to visualize the people and the town of Dublin, Texas in long ago 1891. Who were they and what were they doing?
And then I realized that what I was reading was not written for Dublin. It was written to try and woo outsiders (people who lived outside of Erath County) into the town of Dublin, and they wanted them there for the “big public land and town lot sale” (in conjunction with the Old Soldiers Reunion) on opening day of the sale by the Dublin Land and Improvement Company, August 7, 1891.
A chance for a free ticket and transportation to the World’s Fair* via train was the lure, and the winner was to be chosen by whoever came closest to guessing the weight of the pony cart above, including the little girl (age 8) and the boy (age 10).
*Of course, I had to do a little research on just where the World’s Fair was held in 1891, and that muddied the waters a bit because I can’t find that the fair was even in the U.S. in 1891. BUT…I did find a Texas World’s Fair Exhibit Association in Fort Worth in 1891…and then I decided that I would wait on some of you to find the answer for me…