INTERESTING RARE OLD PHOTOS >RESOPHONIC PLAYERS Sept 23, 2004 15:27:15 GMT
Post by on Sept 23, 2004 15:27:15 GMT
THIS THREAD'S HIT COUNTER REACHED 1800 AND RETURNED TO ZERO! >>>SO WE ARE COUNTING AGAIN....
I have a pretty large collection of rare old photos of folks playing National & Dobro guitars. I would be very interested to see what is out there. I have put a few up to get this thread going. Please don't put pictures that we have all seen in the books, we want to see rare pics that we have not seen before.
CAP ANDY & FLIP >promo photograph.
UNKNOWN TRIOLIAN MAN
(No longer the unknown Triolian man!)
Hello Michael - Your unknown Triolian man is Williard Trostle, and the photo is a promotion picture for fairs and theaters from about 1938. My grandmother has several photographs of him, including this one and others showing people he played with. One shows him with two other people, a man with a guitar and a boy with a ukelele, and on the back it has his name, another name that cant be read, and then "Sammy Conrad". He is dressed this way but they all have Hawaiian wreaths. A second photo shows him dressed in the same way (no wreath), but older, with two musicians, a young white man in a sailor uniform and a black man with a guitar just very plain. On the back it says "Williard" and then "Ikes boy back from the War" and "Eddie House". So this is after 1945 so I suppose he was around for a while. My grandmother says that Williard has a great-grandson Greg who plays in a country band, but I have never met him. You didnt ask for information but maybe all this is interesting to your forum.
FURTHER TO THIS MESSAGE FROM ELLA, I HAVE JUST RECEIVED THIS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WHICH I AM SURE THE COMMUNITY WILL FIND INTERESTING. THANK YOU ELLA >Michael
Hello again Michael,
No I am not a guitar player, just a mother of four with a son who is a huge fan of yours. There was a big rumpus from his corner of the house over a Mickey Mouse cartoon on your site and there was Williard's photo above it. So really just a coincidence, although I must say your collection of photographs is very interesting even for someone who is not a player at all.
I looked into this again and must correct an error. The surname was Johns not Trostle; I got the wrong side of the family. His band was called the "Royal Hawaiians" and consisted of him on metal guitar, which he played on his lap with a bar, Lefty Schimmel on acoustic guitar played "Spanish" (?), Sammy Conrad on tenor guitar and ukelele, and a fourth man whose name my grandmother does not remember, he played guitar and fiddle but often was not with the other three. They were not really a Hawaiian band, but played many different things because people would always ask for whatever they liked from the radio. In the late 30s they were well-known and very popular in Pennsylvania and did well in music competitions, which were a big affair in those days, like "battle of the bands" contests I suppose. They won local and regional competitions, and came in second at the state finals in Pittsburgh in 1936. Travel was a problem, however, because Sammy was in school (he was 11 when they went to the finals) and Lefty had a regular job to worry about. So they never went any further and then when the war came they broke up.
This sounds so quaint! But perhaps your readers will be interested.
THE RICHARDS TRIO >promo photograph
EDNA MAE COOPER & FRIEND FLEW THE ATLANTIC WITH THEIR DOBRO GUITARS
Thanks to Ella for providing information about our unknown Triolian man. If anyone has any information about photographs on this page, we'd love to hear from you.