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Cabinet Card of a "One-Man Band" Music Hall Performer, c. 1890's

CC: One-Man Band Music Hall Performer, 1890's

Cabinet Card of a "One-Man Band" Music Hall Performer (Kern Bros. photographer), c. 1890's, New York City.

Looking like a proto-Hippie, this mustached vaudevillian with the long flowing white tresses (possibly an Albino) seems to have the old "one-man band" act down pat.

He has a harmonica in a rack to provide melody while he accompanies himself by bowing a fiddle strapped to his right thigh (probably "open-tuned" for a droning effect) and clacks out the beat with a pair of clappers in his left hand, "bones"-style. For a little "bottom," he has a bass drum and cymbal rigged to a homemade foot pedal.
 
Height is 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.), 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm.) width

The overall image is quite clear and distinct, though it's a little on the "light" side, thanks to a slight case of overexposure. There's some barely discernable scratches and dings but the card mount is pretty clean.

It's plain, as befits a photo taken in the studio of a department store, with the following legend ink-stamped on the bottom of the card's face: "Kern Bros., Instantaneous Portraits, 314 Second St., N.Y." Very Good + Condition.

Item # 1529
 
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