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Violin Tail Piece.

Description: Patent for a new and improved tail piece for violins. This design "has for its object to raise or lower the pitch of the strings simultaneously, when required" (lines 10-12).
Date: June 10, 1884
Creator: Smith, John J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Portrait of a Man]

Description: Photograph of a man, who is wearing dark pants with patches on the knees, standing with one arm raised behind his head and holding a violin.
Date: unknown
Creator: Hillyer, H. B.
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Men Playing Fidle and Banjo]

Description: Photograph of two elderly men playing music; one is playing a banjo and the other is playing fiddle. They are sitting in chairs in front of a piano at Hancock Recreation Center. Caption on back reads "Old Fiddlers Club, Hancock."
Date: 1957
Creator: Recreation Department
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Peg for Violins.

Description: Patent for a new and improved violin peg. This design "has for its object to dispense with the usual string-aperture in the peg and to so construct the peg that a string may be expeditiously, conveniently, and securely attached thereto and as readily and conveniently removed therefrom, as desired, and to accomplish these objects without disfiguring the peg" (lines 11-18).
Date: April 19, 1892
Creator: Rowe, George H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mandolin.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in mandolins, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 13, 1899
Creator: Simpson, Roy Berkeley
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mandolin.

Description: Patent for a new and useful improvements in Mandolins to"obtain a tone for mandolins as nearly as possible equal to that of violins and other stringed instruments played by bows"(line 8-10)
Date: November 30, 1897
Creator: Simpson, Roy B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Men and Woman with Instruments #1

Description: Photograph of a group of men holding violins and a cello with a woman. The woman and two men are sitting on a couch, and the others are standing. One of the men is Robert Tiffany. There is a bust of a man on the left, and there are other pieces of furniture in the room on the right.
Date: 1953
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Men and Woman with Instruments #2

Description: Photograph of a group of men holding violins and a cello with a woman. The woman and two men are sitting on a couch, and the others are standing. One of the men is Robert Tiffany. There is a bust of a man on the left, and there are other pieces of furniture in the room on the right.
Date: 1953
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

McCain Band 1945-1950

Description: Photograph of a musical group. Four members are shown holding various instruments in front of a piano. There are windows in the background and a floral arrangement is shown on top of the piano.
Date: unknown
Partner: Childress County Heritage Museum

Violin.

Description: Patent for an improved violin that is meant to "improve the acoustical properties of the instrument whereby it is enabled to give forth a deeper and softer tone, free from the "twang" common in instruments of this character, and second, to improve the mechanical construction of the instrument so that it will be less liable to become split" (lines 26-33).
Date: May 2, 1893
Creator: Clopton, John B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Photograph of Tex Ritter in Concert]

Description: Tex Ritter performing onstage with a band. He is on the left of the photograph playing a guitar and standing in front of a microphone. A man wearing glasses plays drums behind Ritter. On the right side of the photo, a man with a fiddle stands in front of another bespectacled man. The background of the stage is painted in the image of a downtown business scene.
Date: unknown
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Photograph of Harry Choates and Band]

Description: Photograph of Harry Choates and his band performing underneath a neon sign that says "Burger Beer." Choates, to the left, is playing a violin. To the right, a woman in a polka dot dress sings. Three other men are lined up further to the right playing a banjo, a guitar, and a standup bass.
Date: unknown
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast