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Looking for the DATE of the oldest known photo of a banjo player

Sep 8, 2021 - 6:22:20 PM
58300 posts since 12/14/2005

Somebody asked me when the first photograph of a banjo player was taken.

Not super important, but this is THE place where IF somebody knows, would be most likely to be a visitor.

Sep 8, 2021 - 7:04:17 PM

1566 posts since 11/17/2018

My guess the banjo player would likely be Joel Sweeney.

Date...before his death in 1860.

Sep 8, 2021 - 8:21:59 PM

836 posts since 10/4/2018

April 1st probably. And i'm sure the caption was pretty insulting to banjo players.

Edited by - Good Buddy on 09/08/2021 20:22:47

Sep 8, 2021 - 10:32:38 PM

3243 posts since 10/17/2009

I don't think banjo players actually had many DATEs?

Sep 9, 2021 - 9:35:29 AM



3085 posts since 10/23/2004

Was it even called a Banjo back in the day? Is a gord banjo in the running or does it have to be an open back, etc.? Can it be a cave drawing?

Sep 9, 2021 - 9:38:53 AM


Virgin Islands (U.S.)

421 posts since 5/11/2021

Isn't there a hieroglyphic drawing in Egypt that shows someone playing a banjo-like instrument?

Sep 9, 2021 - 10:16:04 AM

J e f f


3713 posts since 12/16/2009

Do a Google search similar to this: Banjo Daguerrotype. I found some from the 1850s.

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