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Wen he gets (up) in de mornin' he feels bad, and wen (he) goes to bed at night he feels wusser. He tinks dat his body is made ob ice cream, all 'cept his heart, and dat - dat's a piece ob lead in de middle. All sorts ob sights are hubbering around, and red monkeys is buzzing about his ears... (D)em's what I calls de bloos - Sam Jonsing, in an 1839 New Orleans newspaper

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Offline Mr.OMuck

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2016, 08:04:26 AM »
Shovel, where DID you find this amazing photo?

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2016, 08:56:16 AM »
That is completely cool that you sent off the message and got that response from Cynthia Young-Gomes, Phil.  Good on you for taking action and not just talking about how somebody should do something.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2016, 09:05:09 AM »
Thanks John. This picture grabbed me, probably because of the incongruity of a Bluesman (if that's what he was) in Maine and as a reminder of the fact that we only know fractions of bits and pieces of the whole cloth of the past. It was simply irresistible to try to get a window onto this photo's moment and it seemed possible to unearth something. Sadly not.

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2016, 06:47:35 AM »
Shovel, where DID you find this amazing photo?

I save all kinds of photos that I see online to my hard drive.  The one in OP is without a doubt the coolest I've seen.

Here's another good one I saw:
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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #34 on: March 06, 2016, 06:52:28 AM »
Here is another photo, it was dated 1915.  Looks a bit like a young Gus Cannon, but NOT Gus Cannon.

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #35 on: March 06, 2016, 06:53:23 AM »
And here is one that looks like it could be a similar lineup to the Dallas String Band, or something similar..

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #36 on: March 06, 2016, 06:58:05 AM »
This is an interesting picture of a guy with a victrola .. no reason to think he's proudly listening to his own recording.  No reason at all.  But, still a cool picture

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #37 on: March 06, 2016, 08:02:33 AM »
Thanks Shovel for the photos - they are great, much appreciated - I'll check out ebay as well - not that I collect or anything.

Harriet

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #38 on: March 10, 2016, 06:33:59 AM »
Thanks Shovel for the photos - they are great, much appreciated - I'll check out ebay as well - not that I collect or anything.

Harriet

Thanks for the kind words.  Sure  thing.  It's rare I buy any of these from ebay either.  How much I like a photo and how much I can pay for it rarely level out but I'm always looking for interesting ones.

That said, I strongly feel there are likely pictures of a lot of our Blues players "out there".   Many of the photos may never see the light of day, whether stashed away i private/public/university collections, but ebay is a spot where LOTS of photos get listed and interested folks can monitor without having to get out to a sale or meet.  A lot of the ones I posted above were from a collection that had a lot of different interests, but one interest was old pictures of african american men with guitars.  Perhaps we'll find something.

I'm attaching another related photo I came across to this post.  There's a little more to this one.

Also, pretty much unrelated, but worth a click if you've never REALLY seen a dog and pony show: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1870s-Dog-Pony-Show-PHOTO-Greyhound-Dalmatian-Rare-Horse-Street-Omaha-NE-/301863849843?hash=item46487ccf73%3Ag%3AKUgAAOSwKtlWsYeq&nma=true&si=JEc1OL2lP%252FCUkUmqmM8SGfKxkaw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #39 on: March 10, 2016, 06:37:21 AM »
Last one I think.

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #40 on: March 10, 2016, 09:02:51 AM »
You've chosen an incredibly great, interesting hobby John. These photos contain whole worlds, lost worlds. They give an idea of the vast unrecorded world that got away. In a sense they serve as a metaphor for how small a window we have on our species' past altogether.
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #41 on: March 10, 2016, 09:07:01 AM »
I think your idea for a thread of photos awaiting ID is great. Also just being able to see these beauties is a treat. Go for it sez I!
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My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)

http://www.youtube.com/user/MuckOVision

Offline Shovel

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #42 on: April 12, 2016, 09:57:02 AM »
Here are a few more ...

This first one ID'd as a Civil War era couple

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Re: Possible Bluesman sighting in York Beach Maine
« Reply #43 on: April 12, 2016, 09:59:51 AM »
One more couple, this ID'd by owner as an original photo postcard from the 20s
8 string mandolin?
Religious songbook?

*I think the posting screen says 8 attachments per post?  I haven't figured out how to do more than one.. if I could figure that out I'd share a lot more photos, including string bands, ethnic, and such. 
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