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Cigar Box Music from the Boer War

Here's a super interesting photo, especially for British cigar box guitar fans. It's two British soldiers in South Africa, during the Boer War, playing piccolo and cigar box banjo. This photo came from  David Brookhouse of the Museum of Lancaster, who hosted a workshop and sent it to John Wormald of West Midlands. He does cigar box guitar workshops throughout in the United Kingdom and the EU. 
 This photo is from a book by one of the Museum staff members, and to his knowledge, the earliest known photo of a British person with a cigar box guitar. The soldier with the guitar is the author's great grandfather. The book is called "Snapshots from the Boer War."