Ukuleles that I’ve never seen…

The Music Trade Review of 3 October 1925 ran an advertisement for three new ukuleles from the Progressive Musical Instrument Corp. — they were … (and I’m only reporting what they said in 1925) … “the Al Jolson ‘Big Black Boy’ ukulele, the Eddie Cantor ‘Golden Tone’ ukulele, and the ‘Ukulele Ike’ Cliff Edwards ‘Own’ ukulele.” 

The first of these instruments was the Edwards ukulele made in two models and dealers acclaimed it the greatest hit in ukulele history. Each bears Cliff’s autographed trade-mark. They achieved immediate popularity. Following these numbers with the other two models bearing the endorsement of two of the world’s greatest musical comedy stars, names known to all theatre goers and phonograph record buyers. Progressive dealers are now recognizing these instruments as a wonderful business-getting combination.

I’ve never heard anyone anywhere (except in the MTR) refer to these instruments. A quick google has revealed nothing … except this so far.

Reproduced courtesy of The International Arcade Museum and the Musical Box Society International.

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Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm  Comments (5)  
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  1. Great site. Especially the Cliff Edwards stuff!

    I own a ‘Cliff Edwards’ Ukulele Ike uke which I bought on eBay earlier this year. Here are some pics of it:

    http://bit.ly/gSAHGZ

    and also

    http://bit.ly/ec2948

    • Now I’ve seen it! Thanks for this — looks fine; how does it sound?

      • It sounds OK, but is not in the same league as Martin or Gibson ukes. Likewise, the build quality.

    • May I post the pictures as an update to this post?

      • Sure! Use the pics if you wish.

        Keep up the good work with your blog!


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