TEN PIN not TIN PAN, and no bowling!

Edward Green Draft Registration Card 1917-1918
Edward Green Draft Registration Card 1917-1918

I absolutely do not expect anybody to read the above, because it is so small, it’s just that I suffer with a need to show verification of my findings and maybe whoever is reading this can see my father’s signature on this draft card on the left side.  This is the most foolproof way for me to know that I am discussing the right Eddie Green.  If you are new to this blog, this is where I am journaling about my father’s life as an entertainer back in the day, way back.  Along with this project, I am writing a book about my father.  I started this blog also as a way to share my journey and to, hopefully, provide inspiration to those who need a push to get out there and pursue their dreams.

I stumbled across this 1917-1918 draft card a few days ago while looking for some other unrelated information about my father.  Now that I have an up-to-date computer system, I have access to more records.  This card provided a lot of new information, for example, it listed Eddie’s address as1405 Ten Pin Alley, Baltimore.  So, of course, I went on-line to find this address, but it no longer exists, which is not surprising.  What I did find was this:

ten pin alley
ten pin alley

And This:

This is the plaque on the door at Ten Pin Alley

I finally found the  Index of Streets and Alleys found in Records, Plats, Atlases and Miscellaneous Drawings
at the Baltimore City Archives compiled by Rebecca Gunby, 1993.  And there between Pratt Street and Washington Blvd. I found Ten Pin Alley.  It was actually an alley that people lived in, in 1917.

10 Ft Alley: n of Pratt St 1959 M4205
10 Ft. Alley: Ten Pin Alley
10 Ft Alley: Washington Blvd
Here is a picture of Fells Point Alley, which was located in about the same area.

fells point

Eddie, who was still calling himself Edward, and who had a wife and child, and who would, in a few months write his first and most famous hit song “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”, probably could not imagine to what heights his talents would take him while he was living on Ten Pin Alley in 1917, or maybe he could.  Maybe he saw himself jamming on Tin Pan Alley, I don’t know.  What I do know is that I found a May 1949 article that says:. ” . . . It is now being said by Pigmeat Markham and John Mason, a duo of funny lads themselves, that Eddie has so much money now that he has stopped counting it and started weighing it.”

That’s all for now, good people.  Thanks for stopping by.


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