|The Professor Charles Mack Scrapbook is based on a formal collection of more than 500 newspaper clippings,
programmes, handbills, business cards, invoices, photographs and
other memorabilia documenting the life, times and career of Charles
W. McCarty. A celebrated ventriloquist, magician and punchman,
McCarty as Professor Charles Mack, performed throughout New England,
New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania from the 1890s through
McCarty's career spanned a period of profound social, economic and political change.
Throughout these constantly changing times, Punch and Judy shows
were valued in large part because they resisted change. They remained
a treasured tradition and an integral part of the cultural life
of the religious, social, and business communities of the era
as revealed in the artifacts presented here.
The Punch Page is deeply grateful to Mr. Donald O'Keeffe, grandson of Charles McCarty. It is Mr. O'Keeffe's curiosity, generosity and willingness to share these resources that made this project possible.