The New York Times published on 23 May 1922 a review of Oscar Wilde’s play “Salome”, which was showing at the Klaw Theatre.
Although the critic thought Miss Thelma Harvey forgetful of her lines, and her voice weak, her ‘supple lines’ did impress — especially in her dance of the seven veils.
The veils, it was said, ‘fell like a drop of a hat’, and the dance — with a slight nod toward Egyptian style — was more like a Hula hoochy-cooch to the strumming of ukulele (which the lashing of fringes tipped with beads drowned out).
The reviewer concluded that, as a Freudian Flapper, the new Salome was all there.
But… According to the Norwalk Hour of 17 March 1922, Miss Harvey was lucky to be there at all, having been arrested in New York for performing what police termed “an improper dance”. Thelma said at the time that she had danced the same dance in San Francisco and had the enthusiastic sponsorship of the police chief.
I have heard that ukulele music has always been more popular on the west coast of the United States.
New York Tribune, Tuesday, 25 July 1922 reported the following:
Inventor of Ukulele is Dead
White Man Brought Instrument to Hawaii, it is disclosed
Honolulu, T.H. July 24 (by associated press) — Manuel Nunes, inventor of the ukulele, died at his home here of heart disease after a long illness. His death brought to light that, contrary to general belief, the ukulele was known to the Hawaiians only after the advent of the white man.
Nunes was born in Funchal, Madeira, in 1843, and came to the islands in 1878. The following year he fashioned a rude, guitar-like instrument with a cigar box and a few strings. It was from this that the ukulele of today was evolved.
What a sad bit of reporting from the NYT.
On 22 November 1922, The Colville Examiner gave notice of the forming of a ukulele club in the local high school:
A ukulele club has been formed under the supervision of Miss Stephen. They held their first meeting this week at the high school. Any of the students who have stringed instruments other than violins and who wish to join this club please come to the next meeting.
Well, one has to maintain high standards in ukulele clubs. (Double Bass pic from The New York Tribune, 2o August 1922.)