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Oyez! Oyez! Click on a picture from the 1997 American Guild of Town Criers Competition to see the enlargement

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A view of Carpenters' Hall during the event.

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The charter

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The official signing of the charter.

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"Ben Franklin" (Ralph Archbald) watches over the signing of the charter.

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"Ben Franklin" and the Mayor of Philadelphia, Ed Rendell, greet a town crier.

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When the mayor speaks, town criers listen

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The mayor thanks Ruth O'Brien (director of Carpenters' Hall)

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Richard LaLena, who undertook the organization of the guild stands with E. Fred Brecher, Carpenters' Company Past President and Trustee

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Richard LaLena introduces the criers in competition

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The judges watch and listen. A listing of the judges is given on the 1997 front page

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Robert Mouland, colonial musician, entertains visitors between rounds of the competition

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First place United States winner Redmond O'Colonies accepts his Tiffany Bowl from a representative from Tiffany's. Seated at front is Tom Jones.

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Redmond O'Colonies displays his prize

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David McKee accepts his award for First Place overall

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Second place winner Chris Wyman and his son Curtis, who took first place as Escort

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Town Criers using their bells to thank Ruth O'Brien and the Carpenters' Company for hosting the event

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Paul Bockenhauer, President of the Carpenters' Company

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Ruth O'Brien, Director of the Carpenters' Company

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Tom Manley, Assistant to the Carpenters' Company.

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