The New York Tribune of 11 November 1919 made the following appeal:
Veterans Want Ukuleles
Ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, violins and other stringed instruments are urgently needed for wounded service men in the Fox Hills Hospital, Staten Island, according to an appeal issued yesterday to the people of the city by Mrs. Edward McVicker, New York County chairman fo the National League for Women’s Service.
A “cheer canteen” will be opened for the men on November 18, to help them while way long winter months, and the dearest wish of the wounded veterans is to have a “ukulele band.” There are 2,500 men in the hospital, most of whom have been there a year or more.
Just the thing.