Sunday, May 20, 2007

UCLA Library | Digital Collections

Last week, Ukulelia's Big Sister Blog, BoingBoing, posted about a great digital archive of historic news photos at UCLA. Well, it took some digging, but we found two images of interest to our dear readers.

First is the one shown at left, featuring the 1949 Santa Monica Swimming Club luau committee. I don't know if Mrs. Robert Wyckoff can play that Martin or not (the photo is reversed, btw), but I'm sure Mr. Wyckoff didn't mind.

Second is this great shot (below left) of the Los Angeles Times Aloha String Quartet performing on a radio broadcast in 1927. I have not been able to find any information online about the Quartet. If any of our readers has the scoop, please leave a comment or drop me a line via the link at the top of the page. I'd also be interested in identifying the makes of the different instruments pictured. The uke player looks to me as though he's holding a Martin Concert. Pretty cool that the LA Times had its own Hawaiian band, isn't it?

Here's a link to the main page at the archive. Link


Nina Coquina said...

I want to learn how to play the bird cages.

Gary said...

Sweet, sweet-sweet, sweet-sweet!

jack said...

The guitar is a parlor size, perhaps a Martin 0-18 or 00-18. I think the next is a Gibson Mandocello.


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