Mandolin

[Photo of Mandolin]

Object
Mandolin
Description

Anitchka left Russia with her family at age 16, before WWII. The family traveled through Bulgaria to Italy before embarking on a ship from Italy to Montreal. They must have bought the mandolin in Italy, as the label inside the instrument states "Casa Musicale R. Maurri, Firenze". During the ship voyage of 22 to25 days, she remembered her father playing the mandolin and herself dancing to it, or playing the mandolin herself. The back of the mandolin is slightly damaged due to rough conditions during the trip. In the winter of 2009, during a snowstorm, she brought the mandolin to the owner of her local alteration shop, and asked him to keep her mandolin safe for her. A few months later, Anitchka passed away at the age of 90. A partial collection of her memories is thus preserved here.

Tags
  • instrument
  • music
  • trip
  • ship
Author
Anitchka (1920-2010)
Country of origin
Russia
Country of residence
Canada
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