Up for bids is a fantastic 1943 black and white glossy photo of the 1943 cast of Purina's Grand Ole Opry. This photograph measures 7 inches by 9 3/4 inches and comes with the original thick posterboard card from Purina Mills. The photo pictures the entire 1943 season cast on stage, plus t are smaller photos of Bill Monroe, Jam Up and Honey, Uncle Dave Macon, The Daniel Quartet, The Blue Grass Boys, David Cobb, and George D. Hay. The photo's caption reads, ''Purina's Grand Ole Opry Sat. 6:30 & 8:00pm (CWT).''
's a photo of the included letter from Purina Mills. It was printed on posterboard quality paper and was originally mailed with the photo in 1943. The card reads:
We are happy to send you the picture of the cast of the Grand 'Ole Opry which you asked for.
In these times, all efforts must be bent toward the one job we all have ahead of us- the winning of the war. While t is alot of fun in our program, it is really dedicated to the task of urging feeders all over America to produce more food....food for our armed forces....food for our fighting allies....and food for ourselves.
To accomplish this, have good stock, use good feed, and practice good sanitation and management so as to make every pound of feed you use do the best possible job. Your Purina dealer will be glad to help you with your management and sanitation problems and will do his best to supply you with Purina Chows but, if he should be temporarily out of stock, remember, the demand is greater than the supply.
Remember Secretary Wickard's statement ''Food will win the war and write the peace.''
Very truly yours,
This card was printed in 1943 and measures 10 1/8 inches by 7 1/4 inches. It has some very light foxing...nothing distracting though.
The photo itself is in very good condition. T is a slight crease line that runs diagonally through the Bill Monroe portion. It is only visible when the light hits it just right, and is not at all distracting. One more smaller light crease is located at the bottom center edge and runs up to the word ''Sat.'' It is also only visible when the light hits the photo just right.
Don't miss out on this really neat early Grand 'Ole Opry photo!! It'll be a nice addition to any collection.
High bidder pays $2.00 for nicely packaged USPS first class postage within the U.S. and Canada. We will happily ship worldwide at very reasonable rates, so feel free to ask for a shipping quote. We accept Paypal, money orders and personal checks and always ship within 24 hours of payment. Happy bidding everyone!
INFO ABOUT BILL MONROE (pictured above):
The virtual base on which the whole of bluegrass music rests, William Smith (Bill) Monroe was born at Rosine, Kentucky, on September 13, 1911, the youngest of eight children. Brother Charlie was next youngest, having been born eight years earlier. This gap, coupled with Bill's poor eyesight, inhibited the youngest son from many of the usual play activities and gave him an introverted nature which carried through into later life.
Aside from his musical family, one of Monroe's early influences was a black musician from Rosine, Arnold Schultz. Bill would gig with him and rated him a fine musician with an unrivalled feel for the blues. At this time he also started to hear gramophone records featuring such performers as Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers.
In 1934, Radio WLS in Chicago, for whom the three brothers (Birch on fiddle, Charlie on guitar, and Bill on mandolin) had been working on a semi-professional basis, offered them full-time employment. Birch decided to give up music, but Charlie and Bill reforemed as the Monroe Brothers. In 1938, they went their separate ways. Bill formed the Kentuckians and moved to Radio KARK, Atlanta Georgia, w the first of the Blue Grass Boys line-ups was evolved. Bill al...