The picture is an enlarged portion of "The McLaren Parlor" from our "McLarens in Vienna" photo gallery. When it was originally forwarded to cousin Phyllis Goold, to show her mother playing the piano, Phyllis commented on "The Etude" title visible in front of her mother Marjorie.
Phyllis explained that it was a magazine. She recognized it because her mother had purchased a subscription throughout the Great Depression, so Phyllis would understand the importance of music.
According to John's baby book, Marion (on the guitar in the picture) and their mother "Minnie" also played the piano. All of them sang, and John "sang the scale at two years of age, excelling his sisters in this by about six months."
Music was obviously an important part of McLaren family life.
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