Everyone A Gibsonite

Promotional photo for 1921 Gibson Mandolin Company "Catalog M". Ivers Mandolin Orchestra/Adams Plectrum Society, Adams, Massechusetts.

Members I can identify: Center Middle Row: Joseph Ivers, Orchestra leader, Gibson Mandolin Company Agent,and my Great Grandfather, Center Left Holding a Gibson F-4 Mary Ivers-Bassette, my Great Grandmother, Back Row from left: Leonore Ivers-Carmel, my Great Aunt, George Ivers, my Grandfather, Sitting in front, white dress, Doris Ivers-Hueston, my Great Aunt.

Page 21 Gibson Mandolin Catalog M: See right side second photo from bottom

Page 21 Gibson Mandolin Catalog M: See right side second photo from bottom
I recently discovered that this photo of my Great grandfather's Mandolin Orchestra appears on page 21 of the Gibson "M" catalog, published in 1921, confirming my theory that he (Joseph L. Ivers) was a Gibson "teacher-agent" or dealer, and that this photo was part of the "Everyone a Gibsonite" marketing campaign. Some of these instruments are still owned and played by Ivers family members. For example, my father Robert Ivers still plays the 1914 F4 in the center played by my Great Grandmother Mary Ivers in this photo. He also owns a 1921 H2 Mandola, no doubt pictured brand spanking new somewhere in this photo. I would love to try to contact other family members to see where some of these other instruments ended up.

Water Color "Grandfather's Mandolin" by Robert Ivers of Gibson F-4 #24532

Water Color "Grandfather's Mandolin" by Robert Ivers of Gibson F-4 #24532
Water Color Of My Great Grand Father's F4 painted by my Father, Robert Ivers. Look !!!!!!! Notice unintended ghost image of my Great Grandfather Joseph Ivers in upper left !

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Trade Publication Reference To My Great Grandfather As Orchestra Leader


Many New Organizations of That Type Being
Formed in Various Localities
Banjo and mandolin clubs and orchestras are
on the boom, judging from the number of new
organizations reported. Thomas J. Shuter, who
is a member of the faculty of the Institute of
Musical Art, London, Ont., has organized a
mandolin orchestra of fifty players. C. H. Merritt
has organized a mandolin orchestra of fourteen
members in Pateros, Wash. W. K. Bauer,
mandolin teacher in Hartford and Willimantic,
Conn., is making progress in organizing a 100-
piece mandolin club in Hartford, Conn R. Holloway
reports live interest in mandolin music in
Michigan City and La Porte, Ind., where he is
organizing mandolin orchestras. J. L. Ivers, of
Adams, Mass., writes of a big mandolin orchestra
in the process of organization.

Scanned copies of The Music Trade Review available for viewing and download at : Arcade-Museum .com

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