Presenting: The Al Chymia Temple Oriental Band of 1937

Posed for posterity on the steps of the old Cossitt Library downtown, the Al Chymia Band presents a striking picture.

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Oriental Shrine Band

The "lady" in the picture is a man dressed as a lady since women are not allowed to be Shriners. The instruments they are playing are shawms. Sounds similar to an oboe. My uncle Mike was in this band. He later became potentate in the 50's

Gary Goldsmith 200 days ago

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