Vivian Hayes’ Gibson Tenor Banjo

Description (Brief)
This four-string banjo was made by the Gibson, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1927. It is a Mastertone TB-5 short neck tenor banjo and is stamped serial number 8693-1. This banjo was custom made for vaudevillian performer Vivian Chenoweth Hayes with jeweled accents on the peghead and inscribed with “Vivian.”

Vivian Hayes toured with her husband Ed Hayes and sister Frances as "Ed Hayes and His Banjo Girls" from 1927-1930.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Hayes, Vivian Chenoweth
Gibson, Inc.
overall: 32 in x 13 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 81.28 cm x 34.925 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 32 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 82.55 cm x 34.29 cm x 8.89 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the family of Vivian Chenoweth Hayes
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