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Thread #139575 Message #3202656
Posted By: Big Ballad Singer
06-Aug-11 - 10:43 AM
Thread Name: Lead Belly's autograph
Subject: RE: Lead Belly's autograph
Actually. the instrument is being sold by a clearinghouse that does not even usually deal in musical instruments. I just happened to be browsing and saw that they had an "old guitar with a signature". The guitar looked interesting and old, and the description said they couldn't make out the name. I looked at the picture and was shocked to see "Lead Belly", again, in a sloppy script, but with a style that is definitely old-fashioned. Whoever signed the guitar learned their penmanship back in the day.
Thing is, since there are a lot of people who don't know who Lead Belly was, there's a very good chance that people could have looked right at that signature and not recognized it.
I have a feeling that this guitar may have belonged to someone that has since died; their family, not seeing anything but an old, dusty, cheap guitar, just got rid of it.
Mary Katherine, I shall indeed PM you. I appreciate your help. :)