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Honey Gentry | Heaven, California | Acoustic Version

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Corrina Repp

“Rolf, the mandolin-playing terrier, was regularly featured on Art Nudnick’s Musical Menagerie. The Sunday afternoon variety program was a hit for the better part of 1925.”

Photo ‘discovered’ by the NYPR Archives Dept. on April 1, 2004 and used in the WNYC History Notes e-newsletter. Thanks to former Senior Archivist Cara McCormick.

We’re getting in on the whole animated gif thing and our first one is this delightful illustration from the Paris Music Hall collection in our Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscripts Library.

The original image used for this animation is a design by George Barbier, who has four other images also in the gallery.

We’d like to say a special thanks to University of Iowa Special Collections uispeccoll for inspiration and to smithsonianlibraries and their tutorial for convincing us we could do it, even with very little experience. 

In celebration of Black History Month, #MusicMonday is featuring works by African American composers. Photographed is George Walker’s  (b Washington, DC, 27 June 1922) “Sonata for cello & piano” from the Marion Davies Cello Music Collection ( Walker  studied piano at the Oberlin College Conservatory (BMus), the Eastman School of Music (DMA), the Curtis Institute of Music, and the American Conservatory, Fontainebleau. Among his many awards and honors are Fulbright, Whitney, Guggenheim, Rockefeller and MacDowell fellowships, an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Pulitzer Prize.