View Full Version : Mandolin Picks, etc

Jim Garber
Oct-14-2004, 2:29pm
I thought this might be of interest. I can't recall what catalog this one came from, tho. I will try to look it up.


Jim Garber
Oct-14-2004, 2:30pm
1930 Continental Music

Jim Garber
Oct-14-2004, 2:31pm
1930 Tonk Brothers

Oct-14-2004, 2:51pm
no 35 looks like a finger plane blade. There are some pretty cool picks there. you gotta wonder if you had more choices back then than you don now. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Bob DeVellis
Oct-14-2004, 3:05pm
A bit off topic, but there's a connection. I'd forgotten how far back Tonk Bros. went until I came across this Ad from 1887! At the bottom, you can see their name and the date. Most of us (me included) are probably more familiar with Tonk from their take-over of Lyon & Healy years later.

Jim Garber
Oct-14-2004, 3:05pm
My favorites are #38 on the first one and #2263 on the third (Tonk) page. They look like martial arts apparati.


Oct-14-2004, 3:19pm
Wow, those pictures are way cool

My own personal favorites - the mandoPETE River picks....no endanged species were harmed because these picks weren't made - they were mined!

Jim Garber
Oct-14-2004, 3:33pm
Here another page. This time tailpieces from a 1900-1901 Tonk Brothers catalog.


Oct-15-2004, 1:12pm
I love your catalog pictures !

Please show us more http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif


Jim Garber
Oct-15-2004, 3:05pm
Here are a few more mandolin picks from a Marley Music catalog dated around 1919.

Jim Garber
Oct-21-2004, 7:21am
Here is a nice engraving of a "clownshoe" case.

Jim Garber
Oct-21-2004, 7:22am
Here is a wooden coffin case from that 1888 Bruno catalog.


Oct-22-2004, 10:07am

That number 38 pick looks a lot like the picks that (the Portland) tenor banjo player Seamus Egan uses - for those wicked fast triplets.


Jim Garber
Oct-22-2004, 11:02am
those wicked fast triplets.
Does he use all three blades at once?