Retro Charlotte

Fairyland Pageant, 1939

Performing children’s songs.
Performing children’s songs. The Charlotte Observer

As we prepare to move out of 600 S. Tryon I’m finding “buried treasure” in the library.

Example: a black scrapbook full of photos and news clippings from the late ‘30s and early ‘40s. Someone must have donated it -- possibly Jack Berger, who was a music teacher for the Charlotte city schools and whose photo appear multiple times in the album.

The 1939 Fairyland Pageant must have been a huge effort. Check it out:

May 19, 1939, Charlotte Observer

City Elementary Schools To Give Festival Tonight

Will Be Presented at Armory-Auditorium at 8 p.m. Under Direction of Jack Berger

The elementary schools of the city will present their seventh annual spring music festival tonight at 8 o’clock at the Armory-Auditorium, under the direction of Jack Berger, music teacher in the city schools.

More than 700 children will take part in the festival, which will include a concert by a 350-piece orchestra (of school bands), a fairyland pageant in which Shirley Field and Jack Payne will be queen and king, and a pageant of the 13 original colonies.


The album also contains photos of the Charlotte school orchestras. I’ll blog about them at some point!