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Collection Name Max Schmidt Records
Title [Max Schmidt]
Date ca. 1903-1910
Description Original B&W print on gray cardboard mount. Full-length portrait of bandleader Max Schmidt. He is wearing a white or light-color band uniform with ornate braiding on the jacket and cap. He stands in 3/4 view, with his right arm raised holding a baton. He stands next to a music stand. He is in front of a painted backdrop of a landscape, most likely in a photographer's studio. Embossed inscription on the mount below the photo: "SCHAIDNER / NEW YORK", below an embossed image of a woman's profile in a wreath with three cherubs around the outside. Reverse side of the mount has a number stamped in red: "15491". Photo retains its original glassine sleeve.

(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century, Music, Bands, Performer, 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.

New York photographer Charles B. Schaidner has a copyright entry (#7126) for an image identified as "Band white and gold," copyrighted February 15, 1909. It is not known how many different photographs of Max Schmidt and his band might have been made by Schaidner.
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 Photo is 5.5" H x 4" W. Mount is 9" H x 6" W
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Walter S. Carell
Catalog Number 63.013.0004
Object Name Print, Photographic
Archival Description Level Item
Parent Record MS113.001
Subjects Musicians
Band uniforms
Portrait photographs
Earliest Date 1903
Latest Date 1910
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Creator Schaidner, Charles B.
Associated People Schmidt, Max
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, September 2016.