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African-American Blues Musicians Jug Band Street Performers Collection Jim Linderman

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Posted 3 years ago


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My second good blues musician photograph in two years. Period original photographs of African-American musicians are hard to find, and I have been very lucky indeed.

A washtub bass, two guitars (one which appears to be decorated, or possibly having inlaid wood?) and a fiddle. This is a small snapshot taken at what appears to be the train station, although it could be a streetcar, but the Western Union sign leads me to believe it is the railroad, and of course there is a porter who appears as interested as the others. The performers appear successful with sharp shoes and good dress. This would be a darn smart jug band if they had a jug. I am going to guess the nurses were on the way home.


  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    What a amazing photo I love love it !! Thanks for sharing them :-)
  2. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago
    So sad really, who knows these may have been some of those incredible blues singers and players whose music is mainly lost when it should have been promoted. These are wonderful photos, thank you for sharing !~Phil.
  3. howardeye howardeye, 2 years ago
    I would love to have their hats!
  4. tom61375 tom61375, 2 years ago
    I would've loved to have them played: Ledbetter, Blind Lemon, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Muddy Waters, Son House, T-Bone Walker...Delta Blues are the roots of Rock N Roll! Love it! =)

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