A Typical Day

The following excert from an article in the Providence (R.I.?) Journal sometime in the early 1900's presents a hint of just how hard a Punchman had to work on special occasions like the 4th of July. The complete article, which can be found in the Treasures section, describes in great detail the wild crowds and enthusiastic response performers like Prof. Mack got from the audiences of the time. Not unlike today's rock concerts and superstars.

Punch and Judy had a busy day of it. In order to make their appearances at all the places designated by the City Fathers they had to multiply themselves by two at the beginning, but that, of course, was an easy trick for such remarkable and ubiquitous persons.

They made their first bows to eager audiences, made up largely of small and very small persons at 10 o’clock in Tockwotton and Hayward Parks simultaneously. At 11 they appeared on the Richardson street playgrounds, South Providence, and the Benefit school yard. After lunch, at 2 o’clock, they popped up again, briskly as ever, at the Dexter Training Ground and Cypress street playgrounds.

At 4 p.m. two more excited audiences saw them on the city lot at Academy avenue and Beaufort street and at Printery and Livingstone streets, and at half-past 5 these hard-working performers and their supporting company, not forgetting the real, live stage directors behind the curtains, who had to work harder than any of their puppets, wound up their record of continuous performances with shows on Regent avenue, near River, and at Hopkins Park.

Punch & Judy at Tockwotton Park