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Fort William Girl's Military Band
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Posted by [Name Withheld], 28 September 2014 at 19:57

This is a post card. It is actually the dance troop run by Amelia Jackson. The instruments are from the marching band which would be older girls and a different post card. The instruments were only layed in front for the photo. My Mother is far right and third up row. She would be 12 in this photo but there were girls as young as 6 in the dance troop. The post card would be 1936 or 37. In the marching band and orchestra post cards girls were often arranged behind instruments they didn't play just to get the best photo. An example of one post card with my Mother standing behind xylophone but she played piano. My Mother is Catherine Johnson (Drew)

Posted by [Name Withheld], 28 September 2014 at 20:29

I magnified post card and my first comment is slightly wrong. There is a mixture of dance troop ( first two rows ) and marching band ( next three rows ). The dance troop has the shorter hats and marching band has taller hats. Young girls usually started with dance troop run by Amelia Jackson and worked their way up into marching band then later on into orchestra. Maurice Jackson was part in all also but everything was owned by Harvey L. Smyth

Posted by Bill Drew, 20 February 2018 at 3:41


Harvey L. Smyth didn't own the band. Maurice and Amelia

Jackson owned and directed the band. They also had a marching pipe band called the Hilties. I have a photo of

Harvey on my web site. He is the man in the suit standing

in front of a broke down trailer. Too bad he is standing


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Fort William Girl's Military Band

Black and white photograph of the Fort William Girls' Military Band, under the direction of Amelia Jackson.