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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Interesting Folk Banjo in c. 1910 Portrait


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Clifton Hicks - Posted - 03/31/2021:  12:00:49


(Note that the 5th string appears to be tunneled between the pip and thumb peg.)



"I just wanted to share a photograph of my great grandfather William Nelson (Billie) Coffey with a homemade banjo. He was born in Wayne Co., KY in 1894 and died in Scott Co., TN in 1963. This picture was probably made sometime around 1910 I believe. I can't tell much about this homemade banjo, although it looks like a tackhead or maybe the bottom of a bucket. When my grandmother was a girl he would sit behind the heating stove and play. He picked up a cheap Sears-Roebuck banjo sometime about that time and that was the banjo that he played until he died. My cousin has that banjo in her possession, although no one knows what came of the fretless banjo in this picture." - Jordan Hughett


Edited by - Clifton Hicks on 03/31/2021 12:01:10



 

Alvin Conder - Posted - 03/31/2021:  14:42:37


That is really very cool. One, the fact your Great Grandfather played banjo is noteworthy, two, that you have a photograph is doubly so.

Unique instrument. Be beyond amazing if posting this photo led to you tracking it down.

5Stringer - Posted - 03/31/2021:  16:48:25


This is a fascinating picture. I love your great-grandfather's total focus right into the camera lens, his bowtie, his suspenders, his pressed shirt, his careful pose with his banjo. I bet he just loved playing it, especially since you said he played his whole life. He had many years ahead of him. Thank you for sharing it. A glimpse of the past, and all our pasts.

Emiel - Posted - 04/01/2021:  07:28:23


As the original post says, this is not the great-grandfather of Clifton Hicks. It's the great-grandfather of Jordan Hughett.…

I'm not sure what you mean with the "thumb peg"…

Alvin Conder - Posted - 04/01/2021:  08:57:57


I love the fact that someone from Austria called out my fault in reading comprehension.

Emiel, you are correct. It is not Cliftons Great Grandfather, but Jordan’s.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 04/01/2021:  09:48:22


quote:

Originally posted by Alvin Conder

I love the fact that someone from Austria called out my fault in reading comprehension.



Emiel, you are correct. It is not Cliftons Great Grandfather, but Jordan’s.






I done found out lately that lots of them foreigners gots gooder English reeding and righting skills then some of us Americans does. 

Ira Gitlin - Posted - 04/01/2021:  11:18:51


quote:

Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

quote:

Originally posted by Alvin Conder

I love the fact that someone from Austria called out my fault in reading comprehension.



Emiel, you are correct. It is not Cliftons Great Grandfather, but Jordan’s.






I done found out lately that lots of them foreigners gots gooder English reeding and righting skills then some of us Americans does. 






Case in point: our esteemed colleague Silvio Feretti.

Emiel - Posted - 04/01/2021:  13:43:24


quote:

Originally posted by Alvin Conder

I love the fact that someone from Austria called out my fault in reading comprehension.



Emiel, you are correct. It is not Cliftons Great Grandfather, but Jordan’s.






Thank you…! By the way, I'm not from Austria, I just live there. I'm from Holland, not that that matters all that much…

Clifton Hicks - Posted - 04/01/2021:  13:56:44


In 2005 I spent a few days in Holland. To me, the Dutch language sounded like German with a heavy English accent.

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