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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Come Play With Us: 1920

Come Play With Us: 1920

Dec. 27, 1920. New York. "The Hilger Sisters -- Mary (Maria), Elsa, Margaret (Greta)." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

First stand in Philly...

Elsa Hilger went on to be the associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra...one of the world's finest ensembles. She was regarded as a masterful technician, and played solos with the orchestra when the principal cellist (Lorne Monroe) was not present.

Stumped

What did the third sister play that they couldn't get into the picture?

[A piano. - Dave]

Visual Cues

From the looks of their instruments, they'd be a piano trio.

She got around

Youngest of 18?? Methinks Elsa outlived them all.

Elsa Hilger, 101, orchestra cellist.

What a coincidence

Looks like all three were in the Navy.

 
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