Throwback Thursday: The Sounds of Ballard

By Joe Veyera

If each week’s weekend preview is any indication, live music is thriving in Ballard. This week’s throwback post takes a look at some musical scenes from the neighborhood’s past.

The black and white photo below, from an unknown date, shows a man holding a violin, with the caption, “Do you recognize this musician?” Underneath the photo, the caption reads, “If you can’t figure out who it is, come to the Sunday, Nov. 17th Fall Roundup of the Ballard Pioneers at the Ballard Eagles Hall and you’ll get lots of help solving the puzzle! Or, look further in today’s BNT and you MIGHT get further hints.”


The black and white photo below, taken in 1910, shows ten young girls in playsuits, lined up in a neighborhood park, and most are holding an instrument of some kind.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1925, shows two young women in costume, one holding a tambourine. “Viola Steeple 1925” is written on the back.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1945, shows the 45 members of a “Finnish Music Group” posed in three rows in front of landscape mural enclosed in an arch.


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Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

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