Saturday Oct. 13, 94. At home. It rained nearly all day. Mr. Stinson came up in the after noon, brought a banjo* with him. He invited Miss Sinclair and I down to his room a while in the evening. Met several young men there. Went from there to Star Society.*Banjo: From The Half-Barbaric Twang: The Banjo in American Popular Culture by Karen Linn:
It was not until the early 1880s that banjo music was commonly published; at the same time banjo caught on as a society fad. Before that time buying banjo music took time and money.... By the 1890s publishers sold much of their popular music in arrangments for a variety of instruments including those ubiquitous banjo, mandolin, and guitar arrangements, either in solos or in different ensemble combinations.
|an 1890s banjo|