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Can anyone tell me what the gentleman third from the right is holding? Thx.
Some kind of squeeze box.
Hard to say. Jim might be right. I think I've seen a print of minstrel performers with a squeeze box.
This isn't the period print I had in mind but.......
Jim pointed out the buttons in this illustration.
What is this?
Al, those are actually fireplace tongs. lol
Metal/iron tongs have been traditionally played in India/Pakistan areas... known as "chimta"
Hmmm. I was never aware of this. I wonder how it made it's way into the minstrel show.
No doubt people liked the novelty of seeing musicians play improbable everyday objects. Not unlike people playing on garbage can lids or 'playing' bicycle pumps or balloons. Good musicians can play all kinds of things in a musical way, and it's great entertainment value.
Take Paul and his aspirin bottle....(please). LOLOL ;D
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