Our Throwback Thursday Series looks back on the history of Elderly Instruments through catalog covers and other items from our past. This week's look back is written by Stan Werbin, owner and founder of Elderly Instruments
Back in the 1990s, Elderly Instruments was publishing as many as 4 or 5 catalogs a year, and each covered a different facet of what was Elderly Instruments. This catalog comes from 1994, and it was our Electric Instruments & Accessories Catalog.
Rosie’s Diner was an iconic American diner with a long and storied history, and its current location is about 75 miles away from us in Rockford, Michigan. It set the scene for a 1950s era rockabilly band from Elderly Instruments, with period (and older) instruments, posing at dusk in front of Rosie’s alongside a mint condition late 1960 pink Cadillac Sedan DeVille.
The front cover shows (l-r), Stan Werbin with a 1951 Gibson Super 400-C, Ben Hassenger with a 1964 National Glenwood in seafoam green, Frog Forgey with a lefty Fender Tele Custom, and Holly Parker with green sticks and an unknown snare (courtesy of Dick Rosemont). On the back cover is Steve Szilagyi on a Kay upright bass with custom paint job. Steve is surrounded by a bunch of cool instruments we brought out — see if you all can identify them. Sandy Dykins and 4-year-old Lillian Werbin are watching from the sidelines!
Special credits and thanks to Fred Tiensivu of The Diner Store for all his help, and Ian McCartney for use of his Caddy. Photo by John Boucher. Catalog coordination and layout by Steve Szilagyi and Ben Hassenger.
If you are too young to remember, mail order catalogs used to be everywhere until the internet got robust enough to take over the business of mail order. The first Elderly Instruments catalog was published in 1975, and the last was in 2014. Now, of course, you can find our website at hopestreet-music-emporium.com, or you can also visit our showroom and world headquarters in Lansing, Michigan.
Check out a few pages from the catalog below: