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JESS ALTMILLER - SIGNATURE(S) - HFSID 327237

 
JESS ALTMILLER
Signature from the percussionist and "cocktail" instrumentalist while at the Fox Theatre in Philadelphia. Extremely rare!
Signature: "Jess Altmiller/Fox Theatre/Philadelphia, Pa.", in black ink, 6x4½. Jess Altmiller was a vaudeville percussionist and head of the Jess Altmiller Quartet. The grandson of Justus Altmiller, one of the band members who played for the surrender of Robert E. Lee, Altmiller had a particular interest in altering or combinding musical instruments, creating items like the "cocktail violin", which was a fiddle with it's top removed and replaced by cocktail glassed and then played traditionally. He used these instruments to play unconventional novelty music, performing often at the Fox Theatre in Philadelphia. Binding holes on left margin. Corners lightly worn and creased. Light surface creases. Small tear on bottom right margin. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.


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