Vincent Meade, 1938

The above picture is a press photo by ACME News Pictures. It is watermarked by the eBay seller and no longer available for purchase. Based on our research with the Library of Congress, we do not believe ACME photos during this period of time are copyrighted; however we could be wrong. Due to the rare nature of this photo, if someone currently has it for sale, we would be interested in purchasing it. Contact us at

The following is printed on the back of the photograph:

Prize Winners at Music Festival New York City — More than 1,000 boys and girls, members of the Catholic Youth Organization, participated in a music festival May 14, at the Seventh Regiment Armory Here. Fife and Drum Corps from the city and suburbs participated. Indiviual awards also were made. Photo Shows: Vincent Meade, representing Our Lady of the Rosary, Yonkers, winner of the boys’ baton twirling contest and Rosemary Tiernan, St. Anselm’s, The Bronx Winner of the Grils Baton twirling contest.”

Vintage photographs of male baton twirlers are very rare. This one is especially great because the male winner was only 11 or 12 years old when the photo was taken in 1938. According to, Meade was born in 1926. No other information about him can be confirmed at this time.

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