Who were the bell ringers of yore?

These are the people who did what I do, only many years ago. They are my roots, my inspiration. My goal is to preserve the art forms they developped, and hopefully to contribute to pushing these art forms a bit further.

Royal Hand-Bell Ringers
By Elliot & FryLondon Cabinet Card Dated 1881
On the other side of the card:
"with their Carillon of 131 Bells, as (for the Third Time) before Her Majesty The Queen, at Marlborough House July 14th, 1881".

Royal Bell Ringers 1880s American Tour

The Royal Handbell Ringers appeared at a park called Crystal Beach, just outside of Buffalo in Ontario Canada in 1892.

Dr. Barnardos Handbell Ringers and The National Waifs' Association (Dr Barnado's Homes) 1909

Crosland Moor Public Hand Bell Ringers UK Yorkshire



The Walford Family Ringers, 1877

Deaf & Dumb institute of Brussels - The Swiss carillon

Early 20th century

Carte-de-Visit of the Royal (Poland Street) Temperance HAND-BELL RINGERS, with their peel of 82 sweetly toned bells. As before their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales.(Written on back of card)

Handbell Sheet Music for Sale

Who were the musical saw players of yore?

Notice the musical saw player on the left. 1939.

Rosa and Eddie Phillips, 1920's

Jack Wharton Robinson (1897-1943), 1920's, Liverpool


Marlene Dietrich

The lost double-act: W.C. Fields and Chester Conklin in 'Two Flaming Youths'.
This picture is just a staged publicity photo for a 1928 movie... witch means Fields didn't really play the glasses and sing...

The Encinitas Ranch Hands was a popular local band of the 1930s. Band members were known for their cowboy attire and their foot-tapping western music. Charles G. Brass, was part of the seven-member band. Known as Charlie Brass, the Scottish immigrant was a carpenter by trade. He worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in the 1920s, building houses in Barstow. The family moved to Encinitas following the stock market crash of 1929, lived in Del Mar for several years, then returned to Encinitas. Building homes by day and playing music by night, Charlie Brass, also known as “Snuffy,” would perform with the Encinitas Ranch Hands at weddings, festivals and block parties and at venues such as the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, where weekly dances were organized by the Owl Club. Performing lively dance music and catchy tunes such as “Somebody Stole My Gal” and “Home on the Range,” Brass would bend his carpenter's saw over his knee and produce eerie, quavering, yet tuneful sounds. The band dissolving during World War II.

“He played fiddle and musical saw A tribute to musical saw playing clowns

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