Polka Time Classic Photos 4

Check out these "blasts from the past." This gallery holds rare photos of many popular polka bands and musicians of yesterday.

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Donated by Mr. Dick Coon...a great piece of Twin Cities polka history from 1960 at the Marigold Ballroom. Left to right: sax Ralph Block, tuba Alex Boris, sax Dick Coon, guitar Joe Something, concertina Johnny Gavant, drums ?, concertina Ray Arnt, concertina standing Louis La Bayco (aka Louie Banks), and concertina Elmer Larson.

An early photo of Pulaski Wisconsin's living polka legend, Alvin Stycynski.

One of Cleveland's finest bands of days gone by - Kenny Bass and his Polka Poppers. This grouping of the Bass band features the accordion team of Bob Timko and Dick Sodja!

A photo of the Six Fat Dutchmen in 1938 at the Hilltop Ballroom. Left to right: Babe Wagner, George Haber, Harold Loffelmacher, Jerry Rockvam, Swede Rockvam, Elmer Scheid, and Ernst Zimmerman.

A staple in central Wisconsin for many years...Norm Dombrowski & The Happy Notes. This photo was used for the band's album, "An Evening With The Happy Notes." Left to right: Ron Gruna, Irvin Kovalski, Bob Organisak, Dave Wanta, Harold Polansky, and Norman Dombrowski.

Recently inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame...Tony Jambor. His televsion show, "Polka Jamboree," was the second most popular program on WTCN-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul for three years (second to "Lassie")!

Donated by Joanne Libby of Roberts, Wisconsin...a great stage shot of Victor "Fezz" Fritsche!

I've had the privilege of backing this man up on several occasions...accordionist Myron Floren.

This was donated by Brian Brueggen from Cashton, Wisconsin. The photo speaks for itself!

These last two photos from 1949 and 1947 are borrowed from the Ampol-Aires' website and show one of the finest concertina players from Chicago in the 1950's...the great Eddie Zima.