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what did they look like?

What did the original players of these songs look like? Here’s a sample from C.F. Martin & His Guitars, 1796-1873:

Carte-de-visite, ca. 1860. This striking photograph shows the kind of professional performer to whom Martin often sold instruments. Inside his traveling trunk, against which leans his guitar, are a violin and sheet music. His traveling clothes hang behind him.


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