Richard G. McKnight, Individualist Anarchist, (left) with Sirfessor Wilkesbarre (right).
Taking a break at the “Noun and Verb Rodeo”, a marathon talking competition.
Sirfessor Wilkesbarre and other talkers. Jan 4th,1924, as printed in the Santa Cruz Evening News. The caption to this image reads: Speaking of Marathons, here’s a speaking marathon, staged in New York by Milton Crandall, who invented the dance marathon. The contestant who talks the most during the 5-day gab-fest wins the $1,000 prize. In the rear are seen Madame Anet Barrie, 51, who used to be on the stage and is kept busy telling about it now, and F. M. Wilkesbarre, 65, whom you mustn’t interrupt while he discourses on “superology” of which he is the “Lord of Interpretation.” In the foreground are D. F. O’Brien. 65, who speaks on his past life as “king of the hoboes,” and Mrs. Jean (label’ O’Neill, 56, who guarantees to talk on any subject, an y time, any place and forever!
Entrance to the Dil Pickle Club of Chicago, circa 1927.
Seklew, still in England at the time, quoted promoting “A Stuffed Club”. The journal stated: “In these pages the reader will find medical advice on everything from dropsy to tuberculosis. This Club aims to train people into such good health they will be normal.”