Photograph of seven members of the Ferby family, posing with musical instruments circa the 1910s. The family, residents of Olathe, Kansas, performed as a band at events in Olathe's African-American community.
Photograph of the Assumption School Accordian and Electric Guitar Band, sponsored by Cochran Music Co., Inc..
Photograph of the Holy Rosary School Accordian Band, sponsored by Cochran Music Co., Inc..
Undated photograph of unidentified men posing with musical instruments. The men are members of the Kansas City, Kansas, Mexican community.
Circa 1920 photograph with interior view of Carleton Coon seated with his drum set in front of a sign: "The Original Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra."
Circa 1920 photograph of Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, Gayety Theatre Bldg., Kansas City Missouri. Pictured are Joe Sanders at the piano and Carleton Coon by smaller drum with other members not identified. It is believed to be an early group photograph, although probably not the first lineup of the orchestra.
Circa 1925 photograph with interior view of the original Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra seated and posed with their instruments. Pictured left to right: Nick Musolino, Pop Estep, Joe Richolson, Joe Sanders, Carleton Coon, Bill Haid, John Thiell, Orville Knapp, and Harold Thiell.
Photograph of the Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra at the Newman Theater performing a skit to accompany Charlie Chaplin's film "The Pilgrim".
Circa 1923 photograph of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks posed at the Plantation Grille, Muehlebach Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri. Pictured standing is Carleton Coon and Joe Sanders; seated from left is Kohlman, Nordberg, Estep, Williams, McLean, and J. Thiell.
Circa 1930 photograph of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks at the Terrace Room in the New Yorker Hotel, NYC. Pictured are top row from left: Pope and Richolson; middle row from left: Krebs, Downing, H. Thiell, and Stout; front row from left: Sanders, Coon, Estep, and J. Thiell. An NBC microphone is soon on a stand near them.
Circa 1929 photograph of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks at The Nighthawk, a restaurant in Chicago, IL. Identified from left: Elmer Krebs, bass; Joe Sanders, piano; Carleton Coon, drums; Russ Stout, banjo; Joe Richolson, trumpet; Harold Thiell, reeds; Bob Pope, trumpet; Floyd Estep, reeds; Rex Downing, trombone; John Thiell, reeds.
Photograph of Joe Sanders seated at the piano.