Banjo Head Art – inside and out

Just passing through the repair shop yesterday, I spied on the entry table a lonely, small banjo head with markings on the inside.

Inside of Vega Banjolin head

Inside of Vega Banjolin head

It came from a pre-1930s Vega banjolin. The illustrations seem to be from the 20s, and the illustrator left his name, Louis Sloat. Very cool.

Top center drawing on the Vega Banjolin head

Top center drawing on the Vega Banjolin head

Left side lady on the Vega Banjolin

Main lady

Lady on the right side of Vega Banjolin

Lady on the right side of Vega Banjolin

After talking with the shop manager, Mike, about it, he brought out a banjo uke that had belonged to his grandfather – probably bought in the late ’20s or early ’30s. He said the lady on the front may have been his grandfather’s first wife, but added, “He never told us”. Who knows what’s lurking under all those vintage banjo heads out there…

'Helen' on the Banjo Uke

'Helen' on the Banjo Uke

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