I have let this blog sleep for some time now because after our move out West I became too busy settling in, finding a job, etc. But this week I was surprised to discover that other people (real, live people!) are actually finding Gumshoe Arcana and maybe even reading it. So I've decided to give it a fresh start. New posts coming soon.
In the meantime, here is a brief explanation of why I like to collect photos of accordions and other things.
There is nothing better than having a real accordion in your possession to serve as a reference or help you answer questions about design or construction. Photos provide the next best visual reference in the absence of a living, breathing instrument. Few books exist in print that cover the subject of vintage accordions or accordion history, and it takes time and money to accumulate the instruments and experience needed to replace what is contained in the photos. Even then - images still come in handy. This is why I collect photographs from the internet and other sources like catalogs, my own personal photos, magazines and promotional material. I have hoped that using this blog to share some of the images I have found or created, other devoted enthusiasts and repair personnel will be served in a meaningful way.
When it comes to Hohner accordions, the best print reference that comes to mind (aside from period catalogs) is History Unfolds : 100 Years Of Hohner Accordions in Pictures. It is the "official" Hohner story. This book is the closest thing we have to a definitive history of Hohner accordions (all in one volume, brilliantly illustrated) and yet it leaves huge gaps in the narrative history, as well as being short on pictures of the diatonic instruments. It all but glosses over the war years, and at some points serves as little more than a sketchy chronology.
There is definitely a hole in the market, if any would-be publishers are listening..