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Desi Arnaz concertina photo

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The current Vanity Fair article titled "Did Desi Really Love Lucy" (about the 1950's TV show "I Love Lucy") included this photo showing a rather nice 30-button Anglo, not the typical stage prop.

 

I'm sure the conversation in the photo goes something like this:

 

 

DESI - "Of course I love you more than my concertina"

 

LUCY- "I don't think so"

 

 

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On 8/13/2020 at 5:05 PM, gcoover said:

(about the 1950's TV show "I Love Luci")

 

Desi with an i.

Lucy with a y.

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On 8/14/2020 at 8:58 AM, Jody Kruskal said:

Bastari?

 

That one in the photo has similar bellows papers to my old Bastari.

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And the strap lock on the handle looks very similar as well.

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I don't remember Desi playing a concertina with the band, prop, you think?

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And a Bastari it is indeed.

 

I did a Google search of "Desi Arnaz concertina" and found several more images, including one with a cheap Italian instrument.

 

So he must have played it at some point, or else just liked being photographed with it!

 

 

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