Another tough one for me! I have nothing that really fits for this at all – no Russian ancestry (none known anyway), no photos of demonstrations. However, it’s easy to imagine these two gents with their instruments marching in some sort of parade, so I’m going to call that close enough for this Sepia Saturday
. It’s well known that Alfred Herbert Powis (on the left, affectionately referred to as “Herb”) played the trumpet as part of a number of different bands. Seated next to him, holding some sort of french horn (a piccolo french horn perhaps?), is Bert Brown. I haven’t quite been able to pin down who “Bert” is, but it’s possible he’s Albert Brown who lived in and around Clearfield County, PA. Herb was born in 1892 and the two look to be about the same age, so I’d imagine Bert was about 28 or 30 when this photo was taken.
The stamp box on the back indicates this was taken somewhere between 1907-1929. Herb served in WWI and passed away in 1926, and this looks to be from his post-war days, so I’d say somewhere around 1920 or thereabouts would be good for a date. You can just barely make out a ring on Herb’s finger, and he was married in 1918, so that helps set my idea of a date. The location is most likely somewhere in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, and it’s pretty interesting that they took a photo somewhere in the woods instead of in a nice studio, but it makes for a pretty backdrop. The uniforms appear to be non-military, but would be something I’d expect an organized band to wear. It’s really a lovely photo, and clearly Herb and Bert were close enough friends to have a photo taken together and shared with family.