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    Default Orville Gibson in sartorial splendor

    this popped up on a facebook post of an acquaintance. his comment was Orville Gibson, founder of Gibson Guitars, circa 1894.
    Also the original Glam Rocker!


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    Default Re: Orville Gibson in sartorial splendor

    That's a great picture. I knew I'd seen it before. It's on Roger Siminoff's Orville Gibson page.

    https://www.siminoff.net/orville-gibson
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    You're seeing the "flare" that resulted in F-style mandolins LOL
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    Nothing like combining plaids with stripes! Keep it classy, Orville.

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    It’s my understanding that that was a costume for some sort of theatrical production he was in at the time.
    “Flair” indeed!
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    Unbelievable. This is my typical bedtime attire and looks exactly like my favorite pair of pajamas.
    Play that which you feel is groovy, get down with your bad self, and shake your money maker if it makes sense for you to do so.

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    Default Re: Orville Gibson in sartorial splendor

    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post
    It’s my understanding that that was a costume for some sort of theatrical production he was in at the time.
    “Flair” indeed!
    From Siminoff's website:

    There has been much supposition about this photo of Orville (left) in costume. And one could surmise that he was involved with one or more of the early bands who entertained in similar garb during this period.
    Kind of like wearing a Beatle's suit when we were kids. They were all the rage.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I think one of Jackie Gleason's characters wore something like that............

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    Elton John would be envious.....

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