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This photo is identified only as "Tyler homestead Guilford Vt." If you look carefully, you can see my great-grandfather Albert Herman Tyler standing under the porch roof to the right. The house looks empty but in good repair. Other photos in the series date this to 1931, when the Albert and his family lived in Keene, New Hampshire. So who had lived in this house? Anyone in Vermont want to tackle this one?
Someplace near the crossroads of America
Found among some old documents. Apparently a poultry business in Blooming Prairie, MN. The man is showing off a Dalton adding machine, which they had probably just purchased. Dalton merged with some other companies later in 1927 to form Remington-Rand, making this one of the last Daltons to come off the line. The 1926 price of a Dalton adding machine was $100, the equivalent of a few thousand dollars back then. They must have liked calendars; there are eight on the walls. Scan from 5x7 contact print.
When my maternal grandfather, F. Harold Tyler, captioned this picture, there were a few unknowns.
Location: Forest Lake, New Hampshire. Cymbals - ?, Drums - Allie Tyler, Bass drum - John Barrus, Alto - (Harry Alexander scratched out), E-flat Bass - Cooper (ran a restaurant where Beedle Music Co. was on West Street), Alto - Harry Alexander, Cornet (leader - ?), Bass Viol ___ Hill, Clarinet - Fred Farr and Summer White, E-flat Clarinet - Geo. Bowker, Trombone (between Farr & White) - Norm Davis. Music runs in the family. "Allie" Tyler would likely have been my great-grandfather. This is the only time I've seen that nickname, he was Albert. Harold was best known in later life as a flute and piccolo player, though he played in a drum corps as a young man. The photo was likely taken prior to 1900.