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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.
One of my favorite images from my collection. I'm guessing it to have been taken between 1890 and 1910 based upon the style of clothing. I'm assuming that this is a class photo taken right outside of the school.
All I know is that it was more than likely taken somewhere in New Jersey. One of the children (the girl with the somewhat severe haircut in the gray overcoat with the white collar to the lower left of the teacher) appears in other photos in the collection I was given with an older boy, most likely her brother. Oddly enough, the photos of her seem to stop at around the age of 10 or so, where photos of the boy take him into adulthood. Perhaps she died at an early age.
I find it fascinating that a classroom from over 100 years ago is so racially diverse. More likely than not, the majority of these children are from immigrant parents from around the globe and may themselves be first generation born in this country. I find this photo rather historic on that level.