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Sep 21, 2020 - 10:29:16 AM
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262 posts since 6/26/2004

I'm interested in knowing if anyone has ever seen this marking on the inside of a banjo head. There are actually two marks, the bottom one being blurred a little bit. They appear to be from the same stamp.

The head is on a 10" Fairbanks Special Electric No. 1. Since it is a smaller banjo, it is highly possible it was used by a child who had an aeroplane stamp. If that's the case, there were probably little aeroplane stamps all over the house.

The banjo was made around 1900. The stamp is a biplane, possibly from the World War I era.

The other possibility is that it is some sort of trademark. If there are others out there, then it probably is. Regardless, it is pretty cool.


Sep 21, 2020 - 10:49:16 AM
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1093 posts since 5/19/2018

I’m going with the kids rubber stamp on this one.

I love seeing what people put on their banjo heads close to 100 years ago. Kind of a small picture in time. This one is especially cool.

Sep 21, 2020 - 10:59:38 AM



262 posts since 6/26/2004

Here's another photo that shows their size relative to the size of the banjo. You couldn't tell that in the other photo. Their small size is one of the coolest things about them.

Sep 21, 2020 - 1:02:22 PM
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5282 posts since 10/12/2009

You should contact Hangout member John Balch. 

He "collects" old stamps, trademark symbols, etc...from old hide heads.

Sep 21, 2020 - 5:41:57 PM

7734 posts since 8/28/2013

I'll go with the after-market rubber stamp, maybe from some kid or maybe even an adult who liked airplanes. I don't think a maker of banjo heads would stamp one twice, although it could have been a mistake.

The airplane, with those "streamlined" covers over the landing wheels looks more like late 1920 or early 1930s.

I'd love to have a stamp like that one.

Edited by - G Edward Porgie on 09/21/2020 17:42:29

Sep 22, 2020 - 9:20:16 AM
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1921 posts since 1/4/2009

It’s a rubber stamp similar to this

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