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Photo courtesy: Telegraph Herald

BERT AND HER PLAYBOYS. This advertising poster of the late 1920s showed "Bert", actually Bertilla Connolly, a young school teacher who lived at 890 Dodge St. and her musicians flanked by fourteen instrument and megaphones for carrying their music through UNION PARK. Admission was 75 cents unless you were female in which case it was free.