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    Excursion Boat Entertainment

    Excursion boat operators are constantly trying to find new ways to bally-hoo up a crowd. Here's a unique one on the Str. AMERICA......a boxing match. I believe that,unlike yesterdays posting, this one is more politically correct. From the looks of the opposite river bank, I believe this was taken while the boat was enroute to Rose Island going up the Indiana side of 12 Mile Island. Robert G.B.Rose, the owner of the amusement park, was a good showman and knew how to attract a crowd. Perhaps this was a preview for fights to come at the park.
    By the way, I'm about out of interesting subjects, if you like these, let me know and I'll look for more.
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    This is quite interesting, Jim! Please do look for more!

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      *Excursion boat "promo"/New topics*
      Steamboating colleagues:
      Jim, I have to agree with Bob Reynolds appeal to you to "do look for more!" The photos you've posted kicking off a discussion following a question makes my day.

      Somebody mentioned at S&D this past weekend what "incredible history, stories, memories appear on Steamboats.org." And I have to agree. One said, "Those postings like a mini steamboat history lecture." FACEBOOK fine but not the information we have here.

      The boxing match on the AMERICA typical and I wonder who the PR or promo person was for the boat? Must have been a Saturday or Sunday excursion and note how people dressed then. Most to all men had hat, suits, shirts, ties on. Ladies wore suits or dresses. In earlier years there was a strict etiquette how men and women mingled on steamboats and ships of the day. Where to remain separate and where to come together. That's the way it was then and I can just remember seeing adults dressed that way on the last ISLAND QUEEN. Kids were also dressed in their best with good Sunday or "church shoes." No shorts or sloppy dress then. Keep those photos and questions coming!

      R. Dale Flick
      Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

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