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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Clinton L. King

Clinton L. King

My father played the sousaphone in this picture but he played several instruments. I used to curl up inside this horn and toot. I must have driven my parents nuts. View full size.

Yo-Sko-Haro Orchestra

Not all Shorpy fans will know that the Yo-Sko-Haro Orchestra, was the dance band of the Schoharie High school at Middleburgh (which according to the information I found has to be spelled with an "h"), NY.

The Altamont, NY, Enterprise of Friday, September 13, 1929 reports in the Schoharie and Central Bridge Journal section:

Ruland and his Yo-Sko-Haro dance band of five pieces; Charles Holmes, piano; Nick DeMarko, banjo, also doubling on guitar; Tom Pryor, violin and leader; E. C. Ruland, sax; Paul Bailey, drums, played an engagement Thursday night at Smalley's Lakeside Pavilion, Otsego Lake, Cooperstown. It is understood that the orchestra, which completed an eight weeks run at Warner's Lake Labor day, has an option on further work at Smalley's. Friday night they furnished the music at the I.O.O.F. sponsored clam bake at the ditto hall at Central Bridge.

I am sorry your father was not mentioned in the 1929 article!

 
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