Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Glendale History: Glendale Fire Department Orchestra, St. Patrick's Day, 1924

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For many years, the Glendale Fire Department featured its own orchestra, playing dances and other social functions around the city. This photograph, taken in 1924, seems to have been snapped some time around March 17th at a St. Patrick's Day celebration.

As Glendale: A Pictorial History notes, the presence of a banjo and and tuba suggest the Glendale Fire Department Orchestra "performed popular, rather than symphonic, selections."

This photograph is one of the thousands available to library patrons and researchers at the Special Collections Room in the Glendale Central Library.

The Special Collections Room also contains news clippings, books, maps, and other materials that cover the history of Glendale, neighboring cities, and California in general. The collection is particularly useful for local history and genealogy research projects. Special Collections also houses the Cat Collection, one of the largest collections of feline-related materials in the world.

The Special Collections Room is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m and 1 to 3 p.m. and by appointment. Please call (818) 548-2037 for additional information.

And please note that everyone is encouraged to take part in the Glendale Public Library History Drive, continuing through June.

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