Elocutionary Arts

Exploring the lost practices and performers of recitation

Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932), the first woman elected state senator (in Utah in 1896).  In addition to her medical degree, she had a diploma from the National School of Oratory and Elocution in Philadelphia.

Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932), the first woman elected state senator (in Utah in 1896).  In addition to her medical degree, she had a diploma from the National School of Oratory and Elocution in Philadelphia.

Birthday postcard with excerpt of Tennyson’s A Welcome to the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
Poet James Whitcomb Riley on a Hoosier Bard Cigar Box Cover

Poet James Whitcomb Riley on a Hoosier Bard Cigar Box Cover

Chautauqua audience behind the footlights, Mt. Carroll, Illinois (1910)

[Courtesy of Carroll Co., Il, Geneology]
Edgar Allan Poe cigarette card

Edgar Allan Poe cigarette card

Edgar Allan Poe cigarette card

Edgar Allan Poe cigarette card

Alfred Lord Tennyson cigarette card.

Alfred Lord Tennyson cigarette card.

Poetic examples of “meters” in musical styles, in Cécile De Banke, The Art of Choral Speaking (1937)

Cover of a small biography of poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson, a “cigarette card,” advertising bonus accompanying a package of cigarettes.

[Courtesy of Duke Tobacco Company Cigarette Cards, Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University]