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1878 boy with Homemade guitar

These old photos of actual homemade guitars from the 1800's are really hard to find, near impossible, but I managed to dig up one. This photo is of ex-slaves and in the front is a boy with a homemade guitar, the only information that came with the photo was that it was "former slaves and a boy with his homemade guitar" dated 1878.

I am not sure of what the guitar is made of, it looks like a gourd of some type, possible 2 of them put together? But....this is it! this is ground zero for homemade twangy goodness. It's a breath-taking and memorable photo that's for sure, I guarantee you will never forget it.