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Treasure trove of photos from Arkansas inspires two new releases.

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Images & Recordings from Arkansas

Recently discovered photographs inspire two new publications

In the 1930s, the Massengill family of rural Arkansas built three portable photography studios on old truck frames, attached each to the back of any car that would run, and started a mobile photo booth business that would last for a decade. Making Pictures: Three for a Dime, featuring Massengill family prints and photo albums collected by artist Maxine Payne, illuminates a sliver of the Depression-era South previously unseen by the public.

Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers serves as the soundtrack to Making Pictures and allows us to hear how the voices of that time and region sounded, by carrying the listener from the hillbilly music craze of the 1920s to the song-based country music of the late ’30s.



Click here to purchase a copy of the Making Pictures with the Arkansas at 78 RPM CD for the special price of $40. For the next week, this web special will receive free shipping within the United States.


“For the traveling recording men of the late 1920s, Arkansas offered enticing pickings. The region was thronged with vigorous, idiosyncratic stringbands… Scarcely more than a decade, but a period, in music as in all American life, of galvanic change.” – Tony Russell, from the album’s liner notes
Click here to listen to tracks and/or buy a digital download with a PDF.
Click here to purchase the CD with a 32-page booklet.