The following tour of a property room at the Metropolitan Theater in Saint Paul, MN, first appeared in The Saint Paul Globe in 1902. This is the second selection from that article, with the first appearing here.
“There are two more property rooms above this one. Perhaps you would like to see them,” he suggested hospitably.
The second property room was reached by means of a narrow and very straight-up-and-down ladder. If the first looked like an old curiosity shop, the second seemed, in the dim light that came from a solitary incandescent light, a veritable chamber of horrors. From a nail driven in one side of the wall there hung an iron cauldron that suggested the three weird sisters in “Macbeth.” A cotton velvet cloak with a big collar of stringy white fur took on, in that dull light, the shape of one of the witches herself. A skull and cross-bones grinned cheerfully from a niche above a black table. Several masques peered down from a shelf and a big collection of drinks, daggers and swords did not detract in the least from the high tragedy effect of this second property room.
“There is still another property room directly above this one.
“Perhaps,” suggested the Property Man, “you would like to see that also?”
The visitor surveyed the iron ladder that was even narrower and very much straighter-up-and-down than the one she had just mounted and shook her head.
“It’s just full of things like this,” he said. “Tables and chairs and battle axes and churns and band boxes and things!”
The visitor decided she had acquired the taste for property rooms and dropped in at the Grand.
Originally published in The Saint Paul Globe, February 23, 1902, page 22.