Circa 1917. Unbound. Two photographs of The Pilgrim Girls are attached to this scrapbook page. One, appears to be a real photograph post card (RPPC) that measures approximately 5.5” x 3.5”. The other is a smaller silver print photograph that measures about 2.5” x 1.5”. Both are captioned. Three 3.25” x 2.25” silver print photographs of pet cats and dogs are on the reverse. In nice shape; the smaller photographs have some minor silvering. The large photograph shows the gowned sextet performing. The band leader is playing a violin. Other members are playing the piano, a clarinet, a bass, a cornet, and the drums. It is captioned: “The Pilgrim Girls 1st violin & cornet Hannah Grove and Ruth Buzzell". The smaller photograph shows all six women in casual clothes posing in front of a tent. Very good. Item #009467
Hannah Grove was the manager of The Pilgrim Girls. The band toured coast-to-coast, performing on both the Lyceum and Chautauqua circuits. Issues of Billboard magazine show that the band sometimes performed in Pilgrim Costumes and during World War One, it occasionally performed as The Liberty Girls in patriotic outfits. Scarce. As of 2019, no other photographs of The Pilgrim Girls are for sale in the trade, and no have appeared at auction per the Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows that one institution holds a scrapbook kept by a Penn State student between 1911-1913 that include a photograph of “’The Pilgrim Girls’ (a women’s orchestra),” perhaps the same band while they were college students.