Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 25 January 1918

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 25 January 1918

Postby dbennett » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:27 am

25 January 1918
is the date on inside of the James Edward Thomas dulcimore donated by Loraine Wyman (1885–1937) to the Bucks County Historical Society. From Volume V of, A Collection of Papers Read Before the Bucks County Historical Society, 1926, The Zithers of the Pennsylvanian Germans, by Dr. Henry Mercer, on page 494: “...Figure 6 shows one of these so-called Dulcimores, kindly presented to the Bucks County Historical Society by Miss Loraine Wyman, authoress of “Lonesome Tunes,” who obtained it in 1915 in Kentucky. It was made (so says a paper pasted inside of it) by Mr. E. Thomas of Bath, Kentucky, from whom Miss Wyman bought it...” [see Fig 6 below]

In his article "The Appalachian Dulcimer", Charles Seeger in the Journal of American Folklore Vol. 71, No. 279 (Jan.-Mar., 1958), says of Wyman's instrument the "MS label on back of lower right sound hole reads: "Manufactured by J. E. Thomas Jan. 25 1918 Bath Ky.".

L. Allen Smith in "A Catalogue of Pre-Revival Appalachian Dulcimers" confirms that the correct date is 25 January 1918 and that Dr. Henry Mercer's paper was printed with a typo.
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 25 January 1915/1918

Postby danc9 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:21 pm

Don't have any info on that piece but, the Ritchie piece is 1917, and it has the same round holes.....


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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 25 January 1915/1918

Postby danc9 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:32 pm

Page 85 in the L. Allen Smith book has it listed as "E7" (not shown) and tells the same story....

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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 25 January 1915/1918

Postby dbennett » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:15 pm

danc9 wrote:Page 85 in the L. Allen Smith book has it listed as "E7" (not shown) and tells the same story....

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Thanks Dan. I don't know how I missed that when I looked. I guess I was looking for Uncle Ed dulcimers with round sound holes and that particular entry had no photo... Shame on me! I'll make the corrections in my notes and above.
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