Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Grandfather's Accordéonist

Updated below!

Going through some family photos, I found this. I'm not sure what exactly what this group is -- a fraternal organization?  a business club? -- and I'm not sure why they seem to have a pet accordéonist ... but that's pretty dang cool! My grandfather, Charles Hinnen, fourth from the right, was around twenty-five at the time, and would have been in Zurich, but I really can't say for sure where this was.

Thanks to Peter Bernard for scanning and cleaning up this photo.

UPDATE: My blogging colleague, Owen Woods points out in comments that the box in this picture is a schwyzerörgeli, a swiss variety of accordéon. I had thought this was a type of club accordéon, but looking at the left hand side of this box it is very örgelish. Woods did a an excellent piece on the schwyzerörgeli HERE.

UPDATE TWO:  I was excited to read the following comment from B.V.:
Hello, this is perhaps the accordion club in Zurich. I am looking for material on this club Zürich-Wiedikon. If you have any other photos, I'd be happy to receive mail from you. Maurice Thöni have led the club in the 1940s. Sincerely B.V.


  1. Nice Schweizerorgeli there Gary!

  2. Bonjour,
    c'est peut-être le club d'accordéon de Zürich. Je cherche des documents sur ce club de Zürcih-Wiedikon. Si vous avez d'autres photos, je serai contente de recevoir un mail de votre part. Maurice Thöni aurait dirigé ce club dans les années 1940.

    Cordiales salutations.