A local resident, John Berthold, donated 4 posters from the Print Shoppe, a former printing company in Defiance where he used to work. This is one for a Men’s Glee Club concert, but doesn’t have a date. Mr. Berthold said that the Print Shoppe would print its name on the bottom of posters that it produced for free, as a donation, but when the name of the company was not on the poster, then it was printed for a fee.
One of the other posters he donated was for a Purple Masque performance of the play, “Chicken Every Sunday.” The Archives has a program for a performance of that play, which was in 1948. The days of the week in the program and poster match, so it’s probable that that poster was from 1948.
But I wasn’t able to find anything about a Men’s Glee Club concert from the same period, nor does the Archives have a copy of the photo on the poster. Though the type font styles make me think that the other three posters are from the same era.
Here’s another one, about an intriguing basketball game against the University of Mexico:
I looked in the yearbooks from that era, and searched the student newspapers from the late 40s and early 50s, but so far have not found out anything about this game. How did DC get the chance to play a game with a university from another country? You would think it would be an important enough event to make the Oraculum or the Tom-Tom.
A poster not pictured is about a night football game between DC and Adrian, played at Bryan High School, also undated. Clearly, some research is in order to find out more about these events!
Our enthusiastic thanks to Mr. Berthold for saving the posters and keeping them in such nice condition all these years. He said the Print Shoppe closed in 1982.
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