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Ivers Mandolin Orchestra

29 March 2018

This picture was take in 1921, probably in Adams, Massachusetts, and shows my great-grandfather Joseph Ivers (center), great-grandmother Mary Ivers (center holding the Gibson F-4), and several other relatives including my grandfather, and several great-aunts. One of my great-aunts says they called themselves “The Gibsonians,” which I think many other groups at the time called themselves as well. I have also heard reference over the years to the this group as the “Ivers Mandolin Orchestra.” I’m told they performed at a variety of venues and functions in Western Massachusetts. Some of these instruments are still owned and played by my father. For example I believe the F-4 in this picture is the same mandolin my father Robert Ivers plays when he performs with a group called the Summer Strummers at the Chautauqua Institute each summer.

James Ivers
North Miami, FL

(received 10/2008)

Who were they? Known and Unknown Mandolin Ensemble Photos From The Past

This is something Dave Betts has wanted to do for a long time… post pictures of “unknown” mandolin groups (or “known” ones… it’s fun to recapture the local history of our favorite instrument). We’ll try to use the power of the Internet to see if we can’t collectively identify some of them.

If you have run across any similar pictures, send a scanned copy of the photo along with a description to

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