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Is anything really that different?

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Comment by Strumelia on November 26, 2014 at 3:48pm

Well, perhaps that 'racist stereotyping' thing?

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 26, 2014 at 5:08pm

I see pop musicians staying in the fold of what's current.

Comment by Strumelia on November 26, 2014 at 5:21pm

Yes there is that of course!   ..Guys on a stage in 'getups' playing stringed instruments and percussion to an appreciative audience.

Check out the arched early folk style bow the fiddler is depicted as using.  And the big tambo.

Comment by Joel Hooks on November 26, 2014 at 6:59pm

Notice that the banjoist is depicted reading sheet music?  That is proof that this is not an accurate drawing!!!  No banjoists ever used sheet music to play and especially not the dreaded "Tutors."

Comment by Strumelia on November 26, 2014 at 9:10pm

Looks like a hardtop 'banjo' with a soundhole..?

Any guesses as to the object on the floor in front of the bones player?  A noisemaker? a Bootjack?

Comment by Strumelia on November 29, 2014 at 12:42pm

Maybe the boot jack was some sort of reference to the popular bootblack/shoeshine skits back then.

I like that you can see the cobbler's nails on the bottoms of the banjo player's shoes.

There definitely is a lot of 'creative' inaccuracy in such drawings/cartoons/flyers.  Those bones almost look like bananas, they are so curved.   But then again, I see our fellow players from this site sometimes doing the full circle showy round stroke for successive full chords, crossing and up-strumming over that exact area way up the neck.  It's a real thing, and very fun to watch!  First time I saw it in action I was like "what the...??"  :D  That might or might not be what is depicted in this drawing.

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