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Collection Name Max Schmidt Records
Title [Band White and Gold]
Date ca. 1903-1910
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. Posed group photograph of Max Schmidt and members of the Band White and Gold; all are wearing band uniforms. Max Schmidt is seated in a chair; a young boy, seen in profile, is seated next to him in a child-size chair. Four band members stand behind them, each holding a brass horn raised with one hand. A banner is draped from each horn; the banners at right and left have inscription "BAND / WHITE / & / GOLD." The caps of the men with the horns all have inscription "SCHMIDT" above an eagle with spread wings. The group is posed in front of a painted backdrop with a landscape and a balcony. Embossed inscription in lower right corner of the mount: "Underwood / LONG BRANCH, / N.J."

(Keywords: Early Twentieth Century, Music, Bands, Performer, Black History, New Jersey, 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.
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Physical Extent Photo is 7" H. x 9" W. Mount is 12" x 14"
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Walter S. Carell
Catalog Number 63.013.0002
Object Name Print, Photographic
Archival Description Level Item
Parent Record MS113.001
Subjects Musicians
Group portraits
Entertainers
Bands
Band uniforms
African Americans
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.