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Lizzie Borden & Emma Borden Fan Clubs of 1893

01 Nov

It started almost even before Lizzie Borden’s Trial was over.    First there was the newspaper contest to name your “favorite” and win a trip to the Chicago World’s Fair.  Lizzie won for “favorite school teacher” but she modestly (and rightfully) declined the honor and suggested they skip on down to the next.

On July 8, 1893, the Fall River Globe related an article in the New Bedford Journal about the “Lizzie Borden Club” wherein a delegate from the Brockton chapter of the Emma Borden club came to present them with a hatchet.  The paper referred to the members as “freaks and lunatics”.   Initiation to the club was quite a hoot – read about it below.

Then on August 21, 1893 the Fall River Herald reported – with obvious  disdain – about the “very poor taste” of the young men – a group of “wheelmen”, aka bicycle riders whose club made signs and wore pins of axes in a rather transparent reference to the Borden case.  The reporter cited that men who have the good reputation of Fall River at hand would be glad to have the wheelmens shenanigans “buried forever beyond human recollection.”   (Yeah, how’s that working out?)

Wonder if these clubs ever wrote Lizzie inviting her to be a guest speaker at one of their meetings or annual conventions?   Most certainly she would have declined.

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Posted by on November 1, 2010 in Newspaper Coverage

 

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2 responses to “Lizzie Borden & Emma Borden Fan Clubs of 1893

  1. Hunter Dean

    November 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    does anyone know if lizzie borden ever wrote a postcard to anyone? I am collector of postcards and fan of Lizzie Borden and did you know about spencer borden murders? any fellow fans want to be postcard pen pals write me

     
    • phayemuss

      December 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Lizzie did write postcards to friends, locally and while traveling. She had the habit of putting the postcards in envelopes to keep her correspondence private. You can learn about this, and see many of the postcards, in the magnificent book: Parallel Lives – A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden and Her Fall River – by Michael Martins and Dennis Binnette, curators of the Fall River Historical Society. Google the book title. A must read for any true Borden scholar.

       

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