Ephemera: Class Acts (Again)

Ok, I just love this shot. First of all: it's an adorable uke and Hawaiian guitar duo. Second -- he's playing an archtop made by Oscar Schmidt in the mid-'30s and strung with a raised nut. She's killing it on what looks to be a Gibson style 2 (good eyes, Mr. Ed... *edited). 1930s.

These are the "Rowden Banjo Girls," apparently. A Mr. Rowden sponsored the group and they're kitted-out with a heart-destroying selection of Gibson instruments. Just look at that mess! As well as the oft-seen tenor banjos and banjo-mandolins, you're seeing a banjo-guitar and cello banjo in this picture. Errrrghhhhhhh...! 1920s.

Here are the same gals and now with mandolin-family instruments of the Gibson line with a supporting harp guitar. This hurts! 1920s.

The above band is so chill. 1910s?

Cowgirl with a catalog guitar! It's a faux-reso. 1930s.

Here's a farmhand playing a Slingerland... Songster mandolin. 1930s.

Oh, college kids these days. 1920s.

See the guitar? NYC, 1936.

I'll be going back in time someday to filch their flannel. Check out the (Regal?) archtop on the left, the wood-body "amplifying" mandolin in the middle, and what looks like a blonde Epiphone (maybe?) archtop on the right. Bass looks like a nice plywood wonder, too. 1940s?

These uniformed fellas are taking a song-break with their late-'50s Kay 000 flattop. 1960s.

KMO was a Seattle station. Note the Vega plectrum banjo! 1920s.

Hey, at least the dog plays it Mexi-Hawaiian-style! 1930s?

These ladies are on tour! I spy two banjos, a guitar, and some iron wills. 1890s?