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St. Mary’s Academy Mandolin Group

6 March 2018

Guitars, mandolins and the occasional banjo were popular with music students at St. Mary’s Academy (Portland, OR) in 1893. (Photo from the online version of The OregonianOregon Live. A big THANKS to Michael Tognetti for spotting it!)

(received 4/2009)

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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