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GUEST,Carol Rubens Banjo Collection, London (28) RE: Rubens Banjo Collection, London 27 Oct 10

My grandfather Matthew Tobin was an antique dealer and was a great friend of Ruben as was my father. I was suprised to see articles about him on the web. We shared a boating holiday with Ruben and his wife Doreen and his son Rueben. He was a lovely man, very gentle, and his father was lovely, a real character. I remember one of them used to greet you with the words "Whacko!" If Ruben got wind of a new banjo being available for sale (however far he had to travel) he would hop excitedly from side to side. They lived near our shop 'M.D. Tobin & Son, in Consort Rd, Peckham. Then they moved to the mansion known as 'The White House'.
My father is still alive and in his late 70's. I will ask him for some more stories if you like.
Carol xx

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