May Day was actually yesterday of course, but we're celebrating it with our Throwback Thursday today!
I'm about to let you in on a little secret. We don't know EVERYTHING down at the musuem and archives, and sometimes, we find things that are just downright confusing.
The first picture of May Day we have in our archives is captioned three different ways in three different re-prints:
- Merritt's First May Queen, 1913
- Merritt's First May Queen, 1914
- Merritt's First May Queen, 1915
Usually, I try to double check dates and facts through the digitized Merritt Herald. Guess what? NADA! No mention of May Day or pageants, or queens, or paraades....you get the point. The first May Day pageant was either 1913, 1914 or 1915. This image will not upload to our blog. Eeekk....techinical difficulties. I will do my best to have the picture in question loaded later.
May Day, usually celebrated on May 1, was a pagan or pre-Christian spring festival, that evolved into a secular holiday, and involved dancing around a maypole and the crowning of a Queen of May, or May Day. It is still celebrated in some parts of the world today. In North America, most May Day celebrations take place on Victoria Day, during May Long Weekend. I've paraphrased from Wikipedia, but you can learn more yourself here.
Our May Queen shown here is Eunice Telford. I love the details in this image. The car is decorated exsquisitley to match the May Queen and her enterouge.
The May Queen here is Gwen McLuhan, with an appearance by G.B. Armstrong (man standing on the left).
This undated image is titled "May Day." Our queen is Enid Smith. I love backdrop of her throne. It's gorgeous.
This image is posted to give a sense of the popularity of the event in Merritt. It seems like it was an event that drew a large crowd, and a well-dressed one at that!