I like to check the digital media from the Library of Congress every once in a while. They're always adding more content, and I'm always seeing things I haven't seen before. This image is from a collection of negatives captured by Russell Lee for the Farm Services Administration in September 1941. He was visiting a camp in Odell which served migrant farmworkers. These cowboy singers provided the night's entertainment.
The musician in the middle is playing a Carson J Robison guitar. Robison was an early country musician, and his guitars were sold widely in the 1930s at places like Montgomery Ward.
Tags: cowboys Farm_Services_Administration guitar Library_of_Congress music Odell
Here's some audio of Carson Robinson from 1942; https://youtu.be/S3GehpukmHg
Jim Mason on 14th April 2022 @ 9:46am
Looks like Gibson made a lot of those guitars for Montgomery Ward, starting in 1936. Department store guitars and amps were always made under contract by someone else... so if his was a Gibson, it was a good quality guitar, and would still bring at least a few thousand $ these days.
Kyle on 14th April 2022 @ 9:46am
Thanks Jim. I enjoyed that.
L.E. on 14th April 2022 @ 6:34pm