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Photographic Print of a Cuban Band Performing in a Night Club, c. Late 1940's
Photographic Print of a Cuban Band Performing in a Night Club, c. Late 1940's, San Francisco, California.
A very cool photo of a Cuban orchestra on the band stand of a San Francisco night club playing a set. Instruments include (left to right): maracas, saxophone, claves, two alto saxes, piano, trumpet, trap drum set, trombone, and violin. Behind the clave player, you can just make out the plain scroll peghead of an upright bass.
The upright piano is missing the front cover, so the maker's mark is clearly visible: "B. Shoninger, Established 1850." On the immediate left of the maker's mark are three patent dates: "Mar. 20' (?) 54 (?). June 17' 75 (?). Dec. 3' (?) 99. (?)".
B. Shoninger & Company of Connecticut was a major piano and organ manufacturer throughout the late 19th century on through the early 20th century, founded by Bernard Shoninger in New Haven, CT, in 1850.
Also of special note: the 'bone player is playing a valve trombone, which was a popular band instrument in the 1880's and 1890's, but was pretty much obsolete by the 1910's.
The handwritten sign posted above the piano reads in colloquial Spanish: "SE PROHIBE BAILAR EN TRUSA" (sic), which roughly translates as "Intrusive dancing is prohibited."
Height is 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm.), 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) width
A remarkably fine photo with rich contrast, good lighting, and sharp details. The only flaws are two parallel creases running from bottom to top on the right. Very Good + Condition.
Item # 2534
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