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Unique Handmade Scrapbook of Big Band Leaders from 1930s<br>Over 25 autographs including<br>NICK LUCAS, BENNY GOODMAN, RUSS MORGAN, XAVIER CUGAT<br>and one Gorgeous HAND TINTED Color Jazz Photo!

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Offered here is a very unusual one of a kind scrapbook from the mid to late 1930s.

The creator of the scrapbook was very meticulous and loving about her work. The cover is not painted or drawn, but made with carefully cut pieces colored construction paper that are glued into place. It is quite a work of art in itself. Please click the above image for a detailed view (unfortunately, the cover is larger than my scanner so I couldn't show you the entire image).

The attention to detail continues inside.

Each page (and the pages are various colored construction paper) has a photo of a big band artist carefully glued to it. And on the page is handtyped various specific information about each artist - the information is quite thorough at times, including birthdate, place of birth, height, weight, eye color, hobbies, songwriting credits, signature tune, the number of members in the orchestra, etc…

Most of the photos are signed, and there are a few signatures on blank paper as well.

Here are a few links to some of what I thought were the most interesting images. Have a look - some of it is really great!!

Horace Heidt Orchestra - RARE hand tinted COLOR 8x10!
I've never seen anything quite like this. Someone took great pains in wonderfully hand tinting this great photo. It is absolutely gorgeous and, I believe, one of a kind.
Click here to view 8x10 hand tinted image.

Nick Lucas
A great vintage photo and very rare photo by a true guitar pioneer.
Lucas wrote and recorded the very first solo-guitar records: "Pickin' the Guitar" and "Teasin' the Frets," which were released by Pathe in 1922. He also published numerous books on the "Nick Lucas Guitar Method" which were hugely successful. There were Nick Lucas guitar picks and the Nick Lucas Special, a guitar bearing his name produced by the Gibson company. In fact, Lucas is credited with bringing the concept of the "flat pick" into mass production when his pick design was purchased by the D'Andrea company in the 1920s.
Although, he is best remembered musically for his warbly hit "Tiptoe Through the Tulips", Lucas' contribution to the early popularity of the guitar was indeed substantial.
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Richard Himber Orchestra - Gorgeous "Jazz by the Pool" 8x10 photo A very classy and unusual image. Must see.
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Phil Harris - Bandleader, actor and featured voice in Disney animated feature films.
Here is a great early photo of Phil Harris, best known as the voice of Balu the Bear from Disney's Jungle Book (as well as many other Disney animated classics), Phil Harris began his career as a successful orchestra leader, radio personality and actor.
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Xavier Cugat A great signed image of the mambo king himself.
Click here to view Xavier Cugat image

Below is a full list of photos in the scrapbook:

The signed photos (these are photos unless otherwise noted) included are:
Phil Harris 5x7
Don Pedro 5x7
Clint Noble 5x7
Freddy Martin 5x7
Al Kavelin 4x5 flyer
Al Kavelin 8x10
Eddy Duchin 3.5x5 unsigned photo, but with signed scrap of paper
Juan Garcia 4x6
Horace Heidt 8x10 (RARE hand tinted color photo)
Russ Morgan 5x7
Xavier Cugat 5x7
Richard Cole 5x7
Earl Hoffman 8x10
Bob Pacelli 4x6 signed card w/small photo attached
Ozzie Nelson 4x6
Joe Sanders 5x7
Eric Madriguera 5x7
Nick Lucas 4x5
Seymour Simons 8x10
Seymour Simons 3.5x5 postcard signed on back
Earl Burtnett 4x5
Don Fernando 4x5
Paul Martin 3.5x5
Ray Kinney 3.5x5 (signed on back)
Buddy Rogers 2.5x3.5 signed piece of paper
Lang Thompson 3.5x6 signed piece of paper
Benny Goodman 2x2 signed perforated paper

And unsigned:
Ted Fiorito 5x7
Don Pedro 8x10
Clyde & Lyn Lucas 4x6 postcard
Jack Russell 5x7
Richard Himber 8x10
George Olsen 4x6
Joe Reichman 5x7
George Devron 4x6
Henry King 5x7

This hand made book shows some wear and occasional tearing at the edges, but is in amazingly good condition considering its age.

A remarkable and unique find.


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