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The Music Man: 1925

The Music Man: 1925

"Harlan Randall, 1925." At various times Harlan was a baritone with the Washington Opera and head of the music department at the University of Maryland. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.


Harlan Randall

Astonishing to see an unknown photo of one's father on the Internet in 2008. Bearing a much more sympathetic expression, he and my mother, a petite soprano whom he married in January 1926, were the Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald of their time in local D.C./Md. circles, plus his position at Maryland University, and their family of four. A nice, kind handsome man with a gorgeous voice.

Mr. Peepers

Nice looking chap, great eyes.

Baritone with the opera...

...when he wasn't trying to see into your very soul.

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