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Palmer Roe Plays His Barrel 'Cello

Palmer Roe plays his homemade barrel 'cello

Palmer N. Roe (1888-1966) of Canton, South Dakota, plays a 'cello which he made out of a barrel in 1955 (NMM 843. Barrel cello by Palmer N. Roe, Canton, 1955. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979).   Roe served in France in W.W. I, was a deputy county sheriff, and made and played several unusual instruments, including a stove-pipe 'cello and a pitch-fork 'cello, now preserved at the Museum.

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