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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Jam (Colorized)

The Jam (Colorized)

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Flutist loves the bass

Thanks! I'm a musician, and I love the upright bass. If you ever meet a bass player, ask them about the age of their bass; you get the most interesting answers!

I would kill for that bass!

What a great photo, and a truly marvelous colorization! Most of the old plywood basses were made Kay Musical Instrument Company in Chicago. I was able to find a wonderful, beat-up 1939 model in Guthrie, Oklahoma a few years ago. Nothing beats 'em for "that sound" that's so important for jazz and bluegrass and rockabilly music. These gentlemen must be playing some hot tunes here! Bass players tend to be the "whacky" guys, as evidenced by this photo. Thanks for the inspiration, Shorpy!

 
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