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 !

Sunday, March 22, 2015

More Clips From Adams Transcript referencing The Ivers- Gibson Mandolin Club. January 1921

Here are some clips from the Adams Transcript Jan.8. 1921, Adams, Massachusetts.
First is an advertisement announcing a concert to take place on Jan. 9, 1921 at the the Renfrew Community House. My great grandfather J L Ivers was a manger at the Renfrew Mill, and I'm sure made good use of the Renfrew "community house." as a venue for concerts, and to showcase Gibson mandolin family instruments.

Then another clip on the same newspaper page, announces some of the program details for the Jan. 9 1921 concert, including of some of pieces to be performed, the instrumentation, and the performers, including my great grandfather JL Ivers mandolin orchestra leader, music teacher, and Gibson mandolin sales agent. The clip also includes a reference to my grandfather George Ivers, and one of his sisters, my great aunt Leanore Ivers. Interesting to me that the Gibson name is used to describe one of ensembles; Ivers-Gibson Mandolin Club. The program had an interesting mix of both group and individual performances including a mandolin solo by my great grandfather, and a trio of my great grand father, grand father and great aunt , and even a Mando-cello solo!

A little research I dug up on some of the above mentioned songs from this Jan 9 1921 program:

"The Flying Wedge" This I found on the Montana Mandolin Society website:
The Flying Wedge-
Kate Dolby Along with the waltz, quadrille, and polka, a dance called the galop (spelled with one L) was one of the most popular ballroom dances of the seventeenth century. The rapid 2/4 tempo and physical demands of dancing the galop meant that the music lasted no more than two or three minutes. Kate Dolby composed this in about 1916 based on the new game called football and the successful offensive play pattern which drove the linesmen downfield in a V shape.

"Alice Where art Thou" Mando-Cello solo arrangement it turns out was copy written by the Gibson Mandolin Company. I found this link to the copy write info in the Library of Congress: Reference to copywrite info for "Alice Where art thou" Mando-cello solo arrangement.

And here's a link to a vocal arrangement from the Library of Congress of the same song:
Alice Where Art Thou

Seems that these concerts became a recurring Sunday night series, as referenced in yet another clipping from the early 1920's in the Adams Transcript promoting these concerts:

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