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    Here and what follows are a few from my collection.

    First, Gibson Mastertone.

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    Keystone State... (Weymann?)
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    Bay State
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    This Brazilian bandolim package was sent to me the other day.
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    The very common Black Diamond strings in two variations.
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    Many of my string packages are for ukulele. I used to go into older music stores and ask if they had uke strings. Ukes went in and out of fashion so I figured that if a store had old stock it was likely in uke strings. Generally I was right.

    I will post some of the more interesting ones, if anyone is interested.

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    Well, at least I am entertained...

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    I like the cartoon on this one.

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    Another one from that Michigan Company. I wonder what "mylatone metal" was.

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    From the Tonk Brothers, a large Chicago distributor.

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    Love the graphics. Thanks.

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    Very entertaining; love the cartoon, reminds me of my favorite actress, Betty Boop. Nice to have a light break from all the heated discussions & debates over quibbly nit picks. (though I can pick nits purty good myself.)
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    Epiphone from the 1930's (I think). Scientifically processed and musically correct!
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    That is a good one, johnl!! Pre-Gibson Epiphones are among my favorite instruments, tho I have no mandolins... yet!

    Anyone else have left over case candy from buying an old instrument. I may have a few more in my stash... will post later.

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    I've got a few odd ones. I can't seem to scan to fit like you have done. If I send you the scan of mine can you size them up and post them for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by (f5loar @ Feb. 24 2007, 14:32)
    I've got a few odd ones. I can't seem to scan to fit like you have done. If I send you the scan of mine can you size them up and post them for me?
    Sure, no problem.

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    send me your email to isenhour@vnet.net

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    This stuff is SO COOL!

    I remember as a kid going through my father's ukelele case, and banjo case, and fingering all the sting envelopes, and other goodies - harmonica type tuner, old picks - a felt pick for the uke. Because it was my Dad's it was all sacred stuff - evidence that he had a life before he had a son.

    Awesome.
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    OK, who is the t-shirt connection on the board who is willing to turn some of these into T-shirts?

    These would be awesome shirt graphics!

    I would buy a couple and you wouldn't catch me dead in a modern advertising T-shirt!
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    This is a Gibson one, circa 1900-1925
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    Just recently acquired my first vintage mando (1920 Gibson A, Sheraton brown), and with it came some old strings. Not sure of the timeframe for them, but here's the outer packaging...
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    And the paper wrapped around the strings themselves - take warning "unprincipled Dealers"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by (dave g @ Feb. 25 2007, 09:08)
    Just recently acquired my first vintage mando (1920 Gibson A, Sheraton brown), and with it came some old strings. #Not sure of the timeframe for them, but here's the outer packaging...
    Very cool.

    I know exactly where that plant was, off Rtes. 1 and 130. For years you could see the faint outline of the painted name on the brick, even when the building had been converted into something else.

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    Here are a nice series of packages from F5Loar/Tom's collection. Good overall history of Gibson graphic design by the decade.

    Here is the 1910 edition.

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    1920s

    hey... isn't there a typo? Gauge is mispelled. This one might be worth a mint

    It looks like the one that DanB posted is also mispelled.

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