Top Left: This postcard was mailed from Albany on May 18, 1914. It announced that the famed bandleader, Bohumir Kryl, would be appearing at the Chautauqua in Albany the following week. Kryl was a well known sculptor, art collector, financial executive and he played both the violin and the cornet. Kryl toured with the famous John Phillip Sousa before forming his own Bohemian Band which traveled the country on the Chautauqua circuit in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Kryl was born in Bohemia (now Czechoslovakia). Chautauqua’s were begun in 1874 and ran until about 1920. It was a way to bring traveling entertainment, educational seminars and religious revivals to rural America. Many were held in tents but Albany built her own wooden Chautauqua Hall which was used only a few years before being replaced with the Municipal Auditorium. The pictures to the right show the “Redpath Chautauqua” at a train stop in Pulaski Tennessee on their way to appear in Albany and a close-up of Kryl. The lower left picture is of Albany’s own Chautauqua Hall. You can hear old vintage recordings of Bohumir Kryl on YouTube. Kryl kept a band until 1931.
These photos and many like them can be found on the Facebook Group Vintage Albany Georgia which is maintained by Betty Rehberg.