Silent Film stars Bryant and Mabel Forrest Washburn


Born Franklin Bryant Washburn (April 28, 1889 – April 30, 1963) Bryant Washburn was an American film actor. He appeared in 375 films between 1911 and 1947.


The brunette actress-wife of silent screen matinee-idol Bryant Washburn, Mabel Forrest played a couple of leading roles in programmers in the early ’20s, including three with her husband: Other Men’s Daughters, Mine to Keep, and The Love Trap (all 1923). She later worked on the stage, played bits in such films as Hollywood Boulevard (1936; again with Bryant Washburn), and appeared on such television series as The Twilight Zone and Petticoat Junction. Her son, Bryant Washburn Jr. (1915-1960), played bit parts in films of the 1930s. ~ Hans J. Wollstein.

Original Santa Fe Five


One of the countless photographs of young men playing the new jazz music in the 1920s.I could not find any reference or any recordings made by The Original Santa Fe Five but There were very popular bands with names like Original Dixieland Jazz band, Original Memphis Five,Original Indiana Five,Original New Orleans Jazz Band etc etc there could have been hundreds of such bands across America.
Below are scans of labels from my 78 record collection featuring two bands who performed using the “Original” moniker. Two of the my favorite bands were the Original Memphis five and the Original Indiana Five.Both bands left us with an amazing recorded history and performed some of the finest jazz in the early to mid 1920s.And like the photograph above that has a clear New York photographers imprint at the bottom left.Many of these bands were from New York and had nothing to do with cities like Santa Fe,Memphis or Indiana.