book review The Golden Age of Dog Shows: Morris & Essex Kennel Club 1927-1957 by Debra Lampert-Rudman

Thursday, September 17, 2015 by

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The Golden Age of Dog Shows: Morris & Essex Kennel Club 1927-1957 by Debra Lampert-Rudman, Foreword by William Secord, published by Morris and Essex Kennel Club, Broadway, New Jersey, 2015.
This beautiful 176-page book begins with “The Dog Fancier of the Century,” a brief back-story of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, the sponsor of the prestigious Morris and Essex Dog Show on her estate in Madison, New Jersey.  The memorabilia and photos throughout the book were items saved by Mrs. Dodge that were discovered stored away in the attic by Wayne Ferguson while serving as a Board Member for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in the 1990s.   A similar discovery was found by the author and Secord on a visit to St. Hubert’s in 2012, which included binders and boxes and tons of Morris & Essex Dog Show memorabilia.  As a collector with my own numerous binders, boxes, and memorabilia, I can identify with the items Mrs. Dodge saved.  It is lucky for those of us interested in canine history that the Morris and Essex Kennel Club has shared so many of these photos and memorabilia in this collectible book.
After the section on Mrs. Dodge, the book is divided into the 1920-1950 decades when the M&E Dog Show was held.  The book concludes with three photos from Morris & Essex Today.  This includes the first revival show in 2000.  This show is now held every 5 years so single photos from 2005 and 2010 are also included.
I highly recommend this book for its look back into the exciting past of the Morris and Essex Dog Show.
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Debra Lampert-Rudman is the Morris & Essex Publicity Chair & Board Member.  For nearly 20 years, she has been involved in several specialty (Cocker Spaniel breed only) and breed clubs.  In addition, she also does custom canine ceramic art and watercolor portraits, often featuring her own Topaz Cocker Spaniels.


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  1. Gail C Parker

    I enjoyed reading this, some of the Setter online members have been talking about Morris and Essex. Thank you for this additional information.

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