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...in a car wreck in a little town called Mound Bayou Miss. I was visiting my mother. I drove 700 miles from Chicago. I was okay but on the return I fell asleep at the wheel. I was playing again the next day though. I never gave up. It cut my arm clean off and left it in the highway. Then I walked 2.5 miles to a girlfriend and picked up my arm and brought it on to Clarksdale. When the ambulance men come with stretchers, I was in bed smoking, so I drove back in front with the guys. I was in hospital for three days only. For a while I still had pain at night. As you know, fever rises at night and that's how it was - Big John Wrencher on losing his arm

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Offline harry

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Unknown blues photo
« on: May 20, 2016, 12:07:18 PM »
This photo was posted by Document Records on their Facebook page last year. Supposedly originally posted on The Martin guitar forum. Neither Document or Martin could identify him.
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Offline David Kaatz

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2016, 02:21:54 PM »
Entertaining the troops!
Could be the guitarist is blind, and the young boys are his 'leaders'. Although I don't know why there would be two of them.

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2016, 07:47:52 PM »
This photo was also published in the 1993 book "Nothing But The Blues" by Lawrence Cohn.  It's in the opening pages and credited "Unidentified singer in Atlanta"

Offline Alexei McDonald

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2016, 03:30:53 AM »
Figures it would be Atlanta with him having that 12-string.

Offline TonyGilroy

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2016, 07:25:05 AM »
The subject has come up on here before.

I thought there was a resemblance to Willie McTell. No one agreed.

Offline harriet

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2016, 08:41:43 AM »
Perhaps the two young boys are dancers?

Offline One-Eyed Ross

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2016, 11:13:18 AM »
Based on uniforms worn by the GIs in the background, I would think this picture must have been taken after 1916 but before 1935.  Regretfully, the GI wearing the Browne type belt is right behind the guitar neck, making it hard to get a real good look at his accoutrements.  You also can't tell if they are wearing breeches or trousers.  I suspect that it is before 1926 (or at least before the change of jacket style made it to the troops).
SSG, USA, Ret

She looked like a horse eating an apple through a wire fence.

Offline banjochris

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2016, 06:52:53 PM »
There are a series of pictures of this scene. In one of them a newspaper headline refers to Petrograd, which narrows it to before 1924. I've never seen the pics in high enough resolution to be able to tell what paper it is, though.

Offline harry

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2016, 02:43:49 AM »
The subject has come up on here before.

Could you point me to that thread? I can't find it.

Offline TonyGilroy

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2016, 04:53:54 AM »
I can't find it either. It may have been on Blindman's Blues.

Offline banjochris

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2016, 09:17:26 AM »
I believe there was a discussion on Facebook about it a while back, but I'm damned if I can find it. I thought it was the Real Blues Forum but I couldn't see it on there. But someone posted 6 or 7 shots from the same time and place.
Chris

Offline Stuart

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2016, 12:17:57 PM »
I've also had problem with WC searches for things that I knew were posted--because I posted them. It was only by rattling the cage that holds my little gray cells and trying different combinations and permutations that I was able to locate what I was looking for. And even then when I tried a search using text in the original post that I did my original search for, there still were no results. So don't doubt yourself, Chris.

Offline banjochris

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2016, 01:18:14 PM »
I kept searching for "Petrograd," since I knew I contributed that to the original discussion, and it's not a likely word to pop up in conversation!
Chris

Offline harry

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2016, 01:40:41 PM »
The Facebook discussion is right here Chris,

https://www.facebook.com/160984497304624/photos/pb.160984497304624.-2207520000.1464034875./762455800490821/?type=3&theater

The name Blind Blake entered the discussion. The very first time I saw the photo I thought of Blake although it's probably not him. His age is about right (born 1896) but I think Blake played the 6 string exclusively and he lived and played in the Jacksonville area although had relatives in Patterson, Georgia.

Sorry Tony but it's obviously not Blind Willie McTell.

Too bad we can't see the other photos from the scene too compare.

Offline banjochris

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Re: Unknown blues photo
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2016, 02:36:19 PM »
That was one of the discussions, and great job finding it, but I remember seeing several of the photographs.

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