Organ grinder. Vintage line drawing

philipinct

Joined October 2017

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A “performance art” from the past . . . although the artistic element was probably always in question.

The grinder would crank the organ in any public place (either a business district or in a neighborhood), moving from place to place after collecting a few coins or in order to avoid being arrested for loitering or chased by persons who would not appreciate hearing his single tune over and over again. The grinder would often have as a companion a white-headed capuchin monkey, tethered to a string, to do tricks and attract attention,49 as well as the important task of collecting money from passers-by.

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