Bull Rodeo. San Pablo Arena. Sunday, April 28th, 1929. 2:30 P. M.
[San Pablo]: 1929. 28 x 20 cm. Broadside. Tan paper printed in black, with halftone illustration from photograph. Light toning; old folds; tiny nick to top edge. Very Good.
Rare flyer for a Northern California "bull rodeo" featuring "six wild bulls" and toreadors Joseph Sapien, Edward Moreno, Carlos Ortega and Juan Acosta: "Come and see Sapien and Edward Moreno who have just arrived from the bull rings of Spain and this is their first appearance at the San Pablo Arena. A Clown will appear in the arena."
According to the Oakland Tribune (March 30, 1929), the San Pablo bull ring was "the only authentic replica of the Spanish arenas in California" and "[a]lthough no harm results to the bull the toreadors will encounter all the hazards traditional in the arena." Nevertheless, the rodeos faced steep pressure from local animal welfare groups, including the Anti-Rodeo Cruelty Association and the Humane Society. On April 2, warrants were issued for the arrest of Manuel August, the promoter of the March show, and Chavez Fonce, its champion toreador, charging them with cruelty to animals. It is unclear if the bullfights continued to be held beyond the date of this flyer.
Not located in OCLC.