Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

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Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

Postby dbennett » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:38 pm

Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"
http://americancenturies.mass.edu/collection/itempage.jsp?itemid=2340

I thought the info on the two old ladies that were the photographer was interesting:
http://americancenturies.mass.edu/people_places/view.jsp?itemtype=1&id=398

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Re: Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

Postby KenH » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:07 pm

Great find! Both the photo and the photographers!
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Re: Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

Postby strumelia » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:31 am

Lovely photo. But also important to know that this was a posed/recreated scene taken in a preserved historic Deerfield house...

"Between 1890 and 1920 the Allen sisters of Deerfield, Massachusetts, created idealized photographs of country scenes... Working within social and aesthetic reforms of the Arts and Crafts Movement, they found that Deerfield's 18th century houses and furnishings offered an ideal environment for their Colonial re-creations. Although these romanticized visions of the past comprise their best-known work..."

It's a bit like how Jean Thomas had her subjects dress in 'prairie/covered wagon' clothes and posing in early pioneer settings. Because the photos look old, some folks assume they are pictures of authentic settlers. Great photos, and now historical in their own right- but it needs to be understood that these were romantically staged rather than real life scenes.
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Re: Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

Postby dbennett » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:44 pm

I knew it was staged when I posted it which is part of the reason I posted it with the link and not just the photo directly to ED. Still I think it's somewhat significant because of it's age, that they even thought to use a dulcimer and even had a dulcimer, and that the woman appears to be playing with a noter (or at least posing like she is).
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Re: Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

Postby Frimp » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:40 pm

But it looks like it's set in an awkward position, as if she hasn't played one before.
An interesting photo, though.
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Re: Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

Postby dbennett » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:35 pm

Frimp wrote:But it looks like it's set in an awkward position, as if she hasn't played one before.
An interesting photo, though.


You ought to see how some of the ladies in our jam do it, much like that. :)
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Re: Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

Postby strumelia » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:56 pm

I wouldn't want to sit with my long skirts right in front of that blazing fire with no safety screen. :shock:
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Re: Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

Postby carney » Sat May 06, 2017 6:55 pm

Though the photo may have been staged, her fingering looks like someone who knows what they are doing and I have seen the dulcimer positioned as many different ways as there are people. The chair is tilted away from the fire. So while it may have been staged, it is authentic to the turn of the twentieth century. I guess I just like this photo.
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Re: Late 1800s/Early 1900s "Girl with Dulcimer"

Postby strumelia » Sun May 07, 2017 3:01 pm

I think she is awkward only because the chair is so low, with her chair seat being well below her knees. I know the feeling from having tried to play while on camp stools that were way too low. :?
Imho she is holding noter and pick normally, as someone who has played noter style before.
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