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“Zauberin”, Enchantress; 1905 Paul Eisler Piano

I had seen this item in catalogs and a few far flung library lists but had never seen a copy until Oregon State University graciously granted an inter-library loan request my local librarian made on my behalf. What a feeling … Continue reading

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Paul Eisler on Tour with Andreas Dippel, 1903

Paul Eisler first arrived in the United States in 1902 according to the ship “Cuxhaven” manifest notes when he arrived again in New York City in 1904. Under the heading “Whether ever before in the United States? And if so … Continue reading

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1889 Ross Family Christmas in Rutland Vermont

Edith writes: “Dear Grace, – I will write you a few lines and tell you what I got Christmas. I got a lovely doll, a pair of kid gloves, a new dress, a paper knife, two St. Nicholas, a little … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

Elijah Ross, paternal grandfather to Edith Vail Ross, had in his home library a large volume of poems by the Scottish author Robert Burns published in 1850. Elijah was born in Shrewsbury, Vermont in 1819 but after being orphaned very … Continue reading

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Striking A Deal- Piano Lessons for a Portrait

Family history often reduces people into short summaries and that was certainly the case for me with Edith and Paul’s legacies growing up. The short version of their lives was the flat “Edith sang. Paul played piano.” To my surprise … Continue reading

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Crying in the Rain on the Pending Nuptials of Miss Lamois

On an August evening Edith Vail Ross was out in the city (NYC) and got caught in a “another hard thundershower [that] came up while we were at the meeting but I got home allright and not wet. Was fortunate … Continue reading

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Stage Names, Given Names – What is a Performer to do?!

Edith Vail Ross changed her mind several times about her personal and stage name. When she was young she wrote her name without reservation. In this sample she was twelve years old when she wrote a short letter to her … Continue reading

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