For enthusiasts of early banjo
Postcard a friend gave me the other day. Thought I'd share.
Fashion alert: Note festive ribbons tied to the peghead.
She is holding a "zither banjo."
Zither banjos were (are) 5 string banjo with a "tunneled" fifth string. The peg heads usually have guitar three-on-a-plate tuners, also called "patent heads." They were strung with wire first, second and fifth, gut third and wrapped silk fourth.
They were made popular in the 1880s by the inventor Alfred Cammeyer (an American banjoist that moved to England) in England and continued to be made until the factory was bombed during WW2. Most of the ones that were produced were of the low quality "trade goods" variety.
If you would like to hear "period" recordings of one then search youtube for Olly Oakley. That is what he played.
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