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John Thiell Kissing Dry Ground
Exterior view of Nighthawks member John Thiell bending down to kiss the dry ground. The Nighthawks were trying to get to Oklahoma City in June of 1923, but encountered flooding conditions. Sanders in his...
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....
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...
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...
The World Theater
Street level view of The World theater located in Omaha, Nebraska. The marquee on the theater shows the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks name.
Exterior view of members of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks taken at Niagara Falls, New York. Identified by Edmiston in his book as from left: Floyd Estep, Bob Pope, Rex Downing, Russ Stout, Bud Wilkinson...
Joe Sanders In Cincinnati, Ohio
Exterior view of Joe Sanders standing by his Hertz rental car in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to Edmiston's book, the band spent almost all of May 1927 there. Sanders in his scrapbook captions the photo,...
Club Forest, New Orleans, Louisiana
Exterior, full front view of Club Forest located in New Orleans, Louisana. The band played here for three weeks in August-September, 1931.
El Patio Dancing Hall
Exterior, front view of the El Patio Dancing hall located at Lakeside Park, Denver, Colorado. Sanders captioned photo as found in SC1, Scrapbook A, p. 67: "Where we smashed all records, giving Isham Jones...
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Tour Incident
April 19, 1927
View of tornado debris blocking the Nighthawks' train near Cornland and Buffalo Hart, on way into Springfield, Illinois.
Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra
According to Edmiston's book, this view of the group was taken at the Newman Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. "Band's skit to accompany Charlie Chaplin's film "The Pilgrim". The garb and Chaplinesque...
Members of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks band are posed with their luggage beside a train car. Sanders in his scrapbook captions the photo: "The dirty dozen beside our palatial Burlington 'Toonerville' en...
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 Carleton Coon
Interior pose of Joe Sanders on the left and Carleton Coon on the right. Probably taken in Kansas City around 1919- 1920.
Portrait of Carleton Coon, autographed to Joe Sanders.
Sheet Music Cover
The sheet music cover for the Joe Sanders composition "Nighthawk Blues" which was the early theme song for the Nighthawks group. Photographs on the bottom include the band and individual portraits of Joe...
The Dells Nightclub
Exterior view of the building and entrance to The Dells, a nightclub located in Morton Grove, Illinois. Joe Sanders' Auburn car is parked under the canopy. The band played here several summers in the late...
View of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks posed at the Plantation Grille, Muehlebach Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri. Identified in Edmiston's book, standing: Carleton Coon and Joe Sanders, seated from left: Kohlman,...
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...
Ralph Charles and Biplane
Exterior view of pilot Ralph Charles standing by his biplane called Miss Buckeye. According to Edmiston's book, Mr. Charles took Joe Sanders on his first airplane ride going from Zanesville, Ohio, to Charleston,...
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