Mandolin Orchestras of the Past

A Vermont Mandolin Orchestra?

I found this picture behind another picture. It was being used for its cardboard! The picture that was in front of it was a portrait of my 3rd great grandfather who was a civil war veteran. I know of no one in my family who was in a group like this. My dad who is 87 says his Dad played banjo. We don’t think he would be in this group.

This picture (or at least the one on the top) originated in Vermont. My family is from the Woodstock and Bridgewater, Vermont area. I have to wonder if this is a college musical group. Perhaps Dartmouth or UVA?

There is nothing written on the back or front. The photograph is glued to the cardboard. I have always loved this photograph and have it displayed in my home even though I don’t know any of the people. It measures a little over 10 inches by 13 inches. I hope someone can identify who these handsome gents might be. If not, it will be nice if a few more people get to see it.

Lisa Sutter

(received 03/2013)