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Title [Max Schmidt and his Band White and Gold]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Studio or Publisher White
Date ca. 1905
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on white card stock mount. Group portrait of a band with their instruments. There are 50 musicians, some seated and some standing. Conductor Max Schmidt stands in the front center, wearing a light color band uniform with braided decoration on the sleeves. Musical instruments visible include drums, harps, violins, trombones, trumpets, clarinets, and tubas. The group is posed in front of an ornate backdrop that gives the appearance of an opera house with balconies and frescoes. Signature in lower right corner: "White / N.Y."
(Keywords: New York City)
Print size 9.5 x 13
Ownership and History A previous cataloger described the location seen here as the Midland Beach Casino. If true, this would be a rare interior photograph of the popular beachfront entertainment venue. Max Schmidt and his ”Band White and Gold” performed regularly for many years at Midland Beach. Newspapers in the early 1900s also reported on their concerts at various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and at New Jersey shore resorts.

The photograph bears the mark of White Studio, which was noted for stage photography in New York City in the early twentieth century.
Earliest Date 1903
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Group portraits
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Schmidt, Max
Catalog Number PH01.1302
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, October 2016.
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.