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The Big Wheeze

July 2024
1min read

It is possible to have too much of a good thing. Here, for example, are seventyfive accordionists, students from Carro’s Accordion School, posed in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1930. This photograph was sent to us by John Hrastar of Wheaton, Maryland, whose fatherin-law, Jack Zorc, is standing fourth from the left in the fifth row. A portrait of the school’s director, Mr. Carro, floats at upper left. As reader Hrastar points out, “to get 75 students, ranging in age from eight to over 40, all holding accordions and dressed in their Sunday best” to gather across town and pose on a hot July day was a considerable feat. When the downbeat was given for a great collective squeeze, there was at least one consolation for passers-by: “Lady of Spain” had not yet been composed.

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