This photo came from a collector of banjos and musical ephemera in Boston, Massachusetts. The names of the men in the photo are written on the back, along with the following inscription:
Andenken an den Touristenverein Waldfreunde (Feuerbach) im Jahr 1922
This translates roughly to “Souvenir of the Waldfreunde touring group in the year 1922.” Waldfreunde means Forest Friends. Feuerbach is a district of the city of Stuttgart.
Update: when I published this post yesterday, I included a link to a page about the Edelweiß Mandolinenorchester (Waldfreunde before 1924) in Durlach, a district of Karlsruhe. However, after helpful visitors transcribed the names on the back of the photo (see comments below), I began to research them and found no connection to Durlach or Karlsruhe. Instead, I found baptismal and marriage records of men with those names at “Evangelische Kirche Feuerbach (OA. Stuttgart).” Here are the names, as transcribed by Joachim at Bibliothekspostkarten:
Personen v[on] rechts n[ach] links. (Paul Hauch, Paul Epple, Alfred Mauch, Wilh[elm] Mößner, Herb[ert] Grob, Willy u[nd] Alfred (Alfons?) Engelhardt, Erwin Müller, (Mitte sitzend) Paul Laich.
For a large scan of the back, click here.
I’ll update the post again if I find out anything more. For instance, did these men call their ensemble a Mandolinenorchester, like the one in Durlach? Did the two orchestras know about each other?
Post last updated: July 22, 2019.