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 !

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Two Bobs,Tony, and Kerry: St. Patrick's Day Gig

This just in from my father Robert Ivers, grandson of Joseph L. Ivers of the The Ivers Mandolin Orchestra which is the original focus of this blog. My father is still carrying on the tradition of Irish themed music and the mandolin. Here's what my dad sent today:

Not a great photo but I thought you would like to see the group. We played
yesterday at St. Joseph's Hospital nursing facility.
The young lady (Kerry) sometimes sings with us. She has been blind since
birth and and teaches languages at Elmira College as well as voice.
She is a remarkable women having traveled throughout the world. The other
Bob,with the green hat, has played the accordion for 60 years and is really
terrific. He is also a national champion bowler! The patients really
appreciate our performances and always ask when we
will return.

No doubt the Ivers Mandolin Orchestra and connected groups played a number of  St. Patrick's day events back in the teens and early twenties.

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