Joseph Bruhl Territory Band Scrapbook, 1922-1980, undated
Bruhl, Joseph R. 1909-
1.33 cu. ft. : 3 boxes
Bruhl, born in Lincoln, Nebraska,played in local bands from the age of fourteen. Proficient with the banjo, guitar and piano, Bruhl traveled in the 1920s and 1930s with what were popularly known as "territory bands".
A scrapbook containing numerous photographs dating to the 1920s and 1930s, including many labeled snapshots of small-town main streets, roadways and local attractions as well as of the musicians and their friends; performance billings and posters, letters of recommendation, clippings, dance cards, menus, and other ephemera. Items appear in the scrapbook chronologically and have been annotated by Bruhl, reflecting his membership in a series of territory bands. A second scrapbook is also included, documenting Bruhl's and his wife's 1929 wedding.
Joseph Bruhl Territory Band Scrapbook, 1922-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of George M. Bruhl