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The Coasters: 1942

The Coasters: 1942

Another of Albert Fenn's uncaptioned New York photos from 1942, this one part of a series of pictures showing the violinist and bandleader Eddie South with his family at home. A very tidy home -- note that even the Coke bottles have coasters. Office of War Information archive negative. View full size.


The game?

Banque Russe? Double solitaire? Fifty-two Pick Up?

What's their game?

Looks like they're playing spit.


Eddie South's collaborations with Django Reinhardt are well worth a listen!

Damn straight there are coasters

Those 1930s wood finishes get rings like nobody's business if you get 'em wet.

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