There were two sets of outdoor photos that stood out as some-what-acceptable:
1. A set of photos taken of my Aunt's '61 DeSoto after it had been the victim of a hit and run on Morris Street in South Philly, taken presumably for insurance purposes.
2. The 1959 Mummer's Parade.
Let's focus on the '59 parade.
I've had the slides for years but after this year's parade decided to rescan them at a higher resolution and research what bands were which. My Dad always said "that was the year South Philly won with the African Theme." but beyond that I had no idea which were which,
First I needed some historical resources and I found this, what appears to be 8mm home movies of the same parade.
This movie helped place most of the bands since it has many of the lead vehicles with band name banners.
From Newspapers.com I found out that the parade had been started and cancelled on New Year's Day because of weather. The Comics and Fancies marched on New Years but by time the string bands were due, the parade was cancelled and delayed to the following Saturday, the 3rd.
Found on Newspapers.com
I found this record of the order of march in '59
|2||20||Broomall||Tournament of Roses|
|3||2||Polish American||Melodies of the Season|
|4||18||Quaker City||When Hearts are Young|
|5||4||Ferko||Carnival of Venice|
|8||7||Greater Kensington||The King and I|
|10||11||Uptown||Puppets on Parade|
|11||14||Durning||An Orchid to You|
|12||17||Trilby||Honor Guard of the Mummers Hall of Fame|
|13||10||Hegeman||Cavalcade of States|
|14||1||South Philadelphia||African Fantasy|
|15||8||Greater Overbrook||American Jubilee|
|16||12||Duffy||Serenade of the Stars|
|17||21.(DQ)||Ukranian American||Prisoner of Love|
|18||9||Harrowgate||The Prince of India|
|19||15||Palmyra||Serenade of the Bells|
|20||3||Greater Bucks||The Great White Way|
|21||13||Garden State||The Cobra and the Charmer|
I also found this photo of the presumably 1959 Polish American String Band here.
And using the movie above I found the 5th band to march in Dad's photos was Ferko String Band with a theme of Carnival of Venice. Yes, it just makes you want to shout Shutter Speed! but it's bright and clear.
This was the 4th picture of nine and helped identify the remaining.
Since I couldn't find the Polish American String Band among Dad's photos, I just assumed he skipped it and I also assumed that the slide number determined the proper sequence. That meant the following:
The first slide was the Fralinger String Band and "Toyland"
The second slide was the Broomall String Band and Tournament of Roses.
And third was Quaker City and When Hearts were Young.
That leaves Avalon String Band and it's 1959 appropriate "Welcome Alaska" theme:
Hegeman and "Cavalcade of States":
Next are two shots of the prize winner of '59, South Philadelphia and "African Fantasy"
and finally, Overbrook and "American Jubilee"