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Title: The Melody Kings, Saco, 1939
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Contributed by: Sanford Historical Committee
Media: 35mm slide; transparency
Contributed by: Dixfield Historical Society
Date: circa 1900
Media: Black and White Photograph
Before the era of recorded music and radio, nearly every community had a band that played at parades and other civic events. Fire departments had bands, military units had bands, theaters had bands. Band music was everywhere.
Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.