I suspect that as photography became more accessible to the masses the professional photographers needed gimmicks like panoramic photos to bring in clients. The client in this case was the Knights of Pythias band, posing across the street from their meeting hall on State Street probably about 1920. They are on the grounds of the 1881 schoolhouse, which by this time was being used as a county courthouse. The present county courthouse sits on this same site.
I'm not sure what the story was behind the costumes.
We know the names of most of the bandmembers. The handwriting is not great, so I am guessing at spelling:
I know this photoblog format doesn't do very well with panoramic images, but this is a good one. The faces are very sharp, so let me know if you would like to see any of them up close and personal.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Maxwell B. Webster was the superintendent of the fish hatchery up there at Dee. His wife's name was Florence.
Arthur L. Page was a printer and could have worked for the Hood River newspaper. Him and his wife Laura lived on Monticello St.
Lowell Martin Nickelson was a farmer on the west side of the valley. He was born in Hood River, then Wasco County in 1899. Parents were Christian and Mattie Nickelson
Charlott on 11th February 2015 @ 7:20am
I was a little bit surprised when I first opened up today's HHR. I had seen a somewhat similar photo this morning while reading "The Guardians of the Columbia".
But, it had real Indians. The caption says they are "Yakima Indians gathered at the Astoria Centennial, 1911, to take part in "The Bridge of the Gods" a dramatization of Balch's famous story."
The Coca Cola sign is kind of a give away that the timing is later than 1911.
l.e. on 11th February 2015 @ 8:19am
I see a number of Isenbergs listed in this picture. I went to school with Terry Isenberg--I'm pretty sure he is related to them. And, it was Terry who taught me how to hunt night crawlers on the lawn of the old court house grounds in this picture.
Bill Seaton on 11th February 2015 @ 11:10am