This circa 1880 cabinet card, taken in New York, shows a young lady and a zither on a nearby table. These early images with a supposed zither player typically provide three perspectives: the zither player has hands on the instrument as if playing, the person is holding the instrument in hand, or the instrument is placed on or leaning against a surface. Here, the zither is on a table and a chair is at hand, as if the musician has stood up for this photo opportunity. With luck, a name identifying the person will be written somewhere on the image, which holds the promise of more revelations. Not the case, however, in this example.
Do you have an item of historical interest to share with the zither community? Did you have an ancestor that played the zither? This is the place to share your stories.
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