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View of Carleton Coon wearing a damaged straw hat while on tour. Sanders in his scrapbook captions this photo: "You'd never [know] the old boy now. Coonie being himself at Uniontown, Pa."
Carleton Coon and Eula Coon
Full body view of Carleton Coon and his wife Eula. Location not given.
Carleton Coon and Orville Knapp
View of Carleton Coon pushing a wheel barrow with Orville Knapp seated in it. Location is Niles, Michigan, taken while the band was on tour. Sanders in his scrapbook captions the photo: "Orville undergoing...
Exterior view of Coon-Sanders Band. Identified in Fred Edmiston's book The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks as left to right: Bill Haid, John Thiell, Joe Richolson, Joe Sanders, Carleton Coon, Orville Knapp, Harold...
Coon-Sanders Nighthawk Members Sleeping
View of a couple of unidentified Nighthawks trying to sleep in an unidentified train depot while on tour. Sanders in his scrapbook captions the photo: "No! not dead Mexican insurrectionists! Merely two...
Interior view of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks musical group with insert portraits of Carleton Coon on the left and Joe Sanders on the right. Location not given, perhaps Chicago. Identified by Fred Edmiston...
Exterior view of band lined up at what is believed to be the train station area in Niles, Michigan. Edmiston indicates that they did not play here but must have changed trains. Identified in Edmiston's...
View of some of the members of the Nighthawks waiting for their train at the Dubuque, Iowa, train station while on tour. Sanders in his scrapbook captions the photo: "Dubuque, Iowa. A very busy body of...
Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra
Interior view of the original Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra seated and posed with their instruments. Identified in Edmiston's book as left to right: Nick Musolino, Pop Estep, Joe Richolson, Joe Sanders,...
Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawks
Composite photograph identified as the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawks. A portrait of Carleton Coon is on the top left and one of Joe Sanders is on the top right. Written on the back side of the photo,...
Floyd Eugene Estep
Portrait identified as Floyd Eugene Estep, son of Frank "Pop" Estep, who joined the group on reeds in late summer 1925. Also did arrangements.
According to Edmiston's book, p. 326 - Floyd Estep...
Henry Dewey Birge and Sara Birge
Portraits identified in Edmiston's book as Henry Dewey Birge and his wife Sara. Birge was a Nighthawk banjoist in 1924-25.
According to Edmiston's book, p. 324 - Henry Birge was a banjoist for the...
View of Joe Sanders wearing a damaged straw hat while on tour. Sanders in his scrapbook captions this photo: "Conclusive evidence that summer was waning. Evidently 'had my mittens on.' Union town, Pa."...
Joe Sanders and Orville Knapp
Exterior view of reeds player Orville Knapp on the left and Joe Sanders on the right. Sanders captions the photo in his scrapbook: "A great picture of Knapp, engaged in an old Swedish custom with me."...
Joe Sanders and Wife Madeline
Outdoor view of Joe Sanders and his wife Madeline seated in a gondola outside of their accomodations at the Shelburne Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sanders in his scrapbook captions the photo: "Mr....
Joe Sanders' First Auburn
Full view of automobile identified as Joe Sanders' first Auburn. The wheel cover reads: "Joe Sanders - Coon Sanders Kansas City Nighthawks." Location not given.
Full body view of Nighthawks band member Nick Musolino. Taken at a unidentified train station, while the group was on tour in late summer 1925. Edmiston indicates in his book that this photograph was taken...
Exterior view of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks luggage on two carts at the train station in Niles, Michigan. Sanders in his scrapbook captions this photo: "A splendid view of one of our tour managers many...
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