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Vivian Hayes’ Gibson Tenor Banjo

  • Vivian Hayes’ Gibson Tenor Banjo
  • Vivian Hayes’ Gibson Tenor Banjo
  • Vivian Hayes’ Gibson Tenor Banjo
  • Vivian Hayes’ Gibson Tenor Banjo
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
This four-string banjo was made by the Gibson, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1927. It is a Mastertone TB-5 short neck tenor banjo and is stamped serial number 8693-1. This banjo was custom made for vaudevillian performer Vivian Chenoweth Hayes with jeweled accents on the peghead and inscribed with “Vivian.”

Vivian Hayes toured with her husband Ed Hayes and sister Frances as "Ed Hayes and His Banjo Girls" from 1927-1930.
Location
Currently not on view
Used By
Hayes, Vivian Chenoweth
Maker
Gibson, Inc.
Date Made
1927
Credit Line
Gift of the family of Vivian Chenoweth Hayes
Measurements
overall: 32 in x 13 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 81.28 cm x 34.925 cm x 8.89 cm
Object Type
banjo