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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.

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First stand in Philly...

Elsa Hilger went on to be the associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia 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.


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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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