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Collection Name Max Schmidt Records
Title [Band White and Gold]
Date ca. 1903-1910
Description Original B&W print. Group portrait of a band; all but three of the men are wearing band uniforms. They are posed on a wood floor in front of what appears to be a painted backdrop that gives the appearance of ornate curtains. There are 45 men standing; the conductor, Max Schmidt, is seated in a chair in front of the group, and a young boy, also wearing a band uniform, is seated on the floor next to Max Schmidt. Three men in the front row are wearing dark shirts and long work aprons, and each stands in front of an anvil on a tree stump. Instruments seen include drums, xylophone, harp, trumpets, clarinets, tubas, French horns, and tambourine. In the center of the image behind the men is a sign: "BAND WHITE & GOLD". Four of the men in the front row have banners hanging from their trumpets: "BAND / WHITE / & / GOLD".

(Keywords: Early Twentieth Century, Music, Bands, Performer, Black History, German American)

(This is an individual item contained within the Max Schmidt Records collection. It is part of the series entitled Administrative Records. See collection, series, and/or item records of the same collection for additional information.)
Biography and History Max Schmidt and his "Band White and Gold" were popular entertainers for many years at Midland Beach, Staten Island. Newspapers in the early 1900s also reported on their concerts at various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and at New Jersey shore resorts. The anvils which appear in this photograph were used as musical instruments in some performances of the era.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.
Physical Extent 6.625" H x 10" W
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Walter S. Carell
Catalog Number 63.013.0003
Object Name Print, Photographic
Archival Description Level Item
Parent Record MS113.001
Subjects Musicians
Band uniforms
Musical instruments
Group portraits
Earliest Date 1903
Latest Date 1910
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Schmidt, Max
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, September 2016.