New York World’s Fair/Arlington Mills Band (1940)

The Library owns this panorama photograph (27 x 10 in.) with Arlington Mills Band in the foreground.  Directly behind are a number of individuals, sitting and standing. Behind them there is a fountain and, huge globe, probably the Perisphere and the Trilon, the visual icons of the New York World’s Fair which opened in 1939 and continued through 1940. Taken by Apeda Studio, official photographers of the fair.

The Mills Band, a group sponsored by Arlington Mills in Lawrence, Mass., was created in 1919. Its first public appearance was made on April 16, 1919 when it led the parade of World War I service men returing from Europe. George Tetley was band director from its beginning and was still director in 1941.

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