Meet Alf. Doolin, circa 1875

September 3, 2015

Any resident of the Fifth ward who does not know Alf. Doolin is not posted on local celebrities of color. Alf. Doolin is a civil rights brick of the West End. Doolin is a trump card on bottom work, and can fix your chair bottoms better than new. ‘Tis his forte and he will play you thereon with a plano-forte degree of amiability. On Sundays Alf. Doolin has a serious tendency. He puts on a three-story plug hat, a swallow-tail coat and wears “yallow” gloves, a big collar, dangerously elongated boots with pin-back attachments. He might pass for a Christian deacon of color. He can talk politics, astronomics, religion and hydrostatics with fluency.

 

Hannibal Clipper Sept. 19, 1875; via Hannibal Free Public Library's digital website

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