New Hampshire Tidbits: Milford New Hampshire’s Oddity Party of 1876

Victorian OdditiesIn olden times, Oddities were people with odd or strange looks or mannerisms.  Think–Barnum & Bailey’s side show.  Parties where attendants would dress as ‘oddities’ were being held as late as 1900 when there was a newspaper report in Sheldon Junction, Vermont.  Often prizes were given for the “best costume and toilet.”  One such party was held in New Hampshire.

The Unitarian Society will give an “Oddity party” and supper on Tuesday evening, Feb. 22nd at Eagle Hall. Let all come dressed as oddities. Supper will be served at 6.30 P.M. There will be dancing in the evening. Admission to the hall 10 cts. Extra charge of 10 cts for supper. Wednesday, February 23, 1876 Farmer’s Cabinet (Amherst, NH) Vol. 74, Issue 33, Page 2

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