Eva was certainly the most photogenic concertina player at the turn of the century.
The most photogenic Anglo player anyway!
There was also her very photogenic namesake Eva Taylor, the daughter of another minister (and both no doubt named after Little Eva, the heroine of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'), who played an English system 56-key treble Ĉola. I must scan the three post cards that I have of her, so that the English concertina players can have their own pin-up!Yes, I mentioned I had a picture of her as "the General in rags" with a melodeon (I guess she was well aware that an expensive Jeffries was hardly the instrument to portray a poor woman from the slums), and that I even have another of her with a banjo (double gasp!! ).
I now have a collection of about a dozen photos of her (several in her 'rags' costume, and some where she holds a button accordion...gasp!)
Before crowning Eva #2, consider also Libby McCabe of Seattle, and what about this fair lady?:
On second thought, I'd fear for my life if I was in the same room with her whilst holding my "cheap atrocity" anglo!
You are right about Eva, when disguised in rags, as being better off without a pricey Jeffries giving her away. However, the photos I have of her with accordions whilst in rags contain some pricey looking accordions, too! Then there is the rag costume itself...the rags are too clean-looking in the photos I have to fool a streetwise East London or Brooklyn waif! To be fair, she was using this as a stage costume too (The General in Rags).
If you'd like, we could combine our Eva Booth photo collections and get them all out there for inquiring minds to gaze upon; I think Bob Gaskins would be up for it. Eva was an amazing person.