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FJ Bacon- World Champion Old Time Banjo Player 

Posted 8/11/2008 8:29:51 AM

In the late-1920s, or early-1930s, classic banjoist Fred Bacon, won the "World Championship Contest of Old Time Banjo Players." Here's the trophy.... Of course, during THAT specific moment in time -- the "New Time" players were those young pups, with the slicked-down hair, playing 4-string Jazz banjo.... (See:<p> </p> [Image scan by E. Britt © 2008] Original: Collection of E. Kaufman

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5 comments on “FJ Bacon- World Champion Old Time Banjo Player”

trapdoor2 Says:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 @11:23:10 AM

Cool photo, Ed. Looks like it has the "soft pedal" mute on it too.  Who owns that banjo now?  Where is the trophy? ===Marc

BrittDLD1 Says:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 @11:56:31 AM

Hi Marc -
Yes, that's the banjo he used in the contest -- one of their "$500 models", probably a Montana #7 from the looks of it. And it does have the soft pedal. (He was probably playing on braided silk strings, too.  Looks much like braided trout line...)

Y'know the moment I posted that photo, it dawned on me -- that I've never heard where that trophy went.   Fred remarried (his nurse) late in life -- and it probably went to her estate.  I'll have to ask Eli Kaufman....

The official Corporate Seal for the Bacon Co. turned up a few months ago, on ebay.  The seller (who I know...) wants $10K for it. It 's a special pair of pliers with matching round dies, about 2-inches in diameter. It was used for embossing official and legal papers.

writerrad Says:
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @6:12:55 AM

What did Eli say about all of this.

Does he or perhaps Bollman or Pzego have the trophy?


BrittDLD1 Says:
Thursday, September 18, 2008 @7:03:21 AM

Hi Tony -

Eli's the one who first mentioned the contest to me, probably 25 years ago.  It's mentioned in his series of  articles on Bacon, in the late-'70s ABF "5-Stringer".  (Some of those great historical articles should be "re-published" on the ABF website.)

Don't know where the the trophy is. Haven't talked with Eli recently.

The Bacon Banjo Co. Corporate seal was up on ebay a few months ago.  It's an important historical artifact, an really should go to the 4-String Banjo Museum -- for safekeeping...

Jim did NOT get it. Don't know who did.

Ho C Ying Says:
Friday, November 11, 2011 @12:58:47 AM

When I saw the small picture, I thought he was Steve Martin. Haha!

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