Just what is needed — a Flapjack with Ukelele

Ever wondered what a flapjack is? The Advertiser of Adelaide gave us the run-down when it reviewed “Stella Dallas” on Thursday, 30 September 1926 — a silent film about modern girls and boys.

Flappers, the female of the species, and flapjacks, the male counterpart, have their innings galore in “Stella Dallas”. Boyish bobs, shingle cuts, fanfare trims, in fact, all manner of modish, up-to-date hair cuts are in evidence with the girls. Balloon trousers, flannels, blue serge coats, ukeleles, and canoe paddles are the fashion hints followed by the boys.

It seems that it was all hair for the girls and fashion accessories for the boys (who might, or might not, have had hair).

Published in: on February 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Ukulele and High Fashion

Need a necklace for that special outing? Well, I hope you’ve got your ukulele handy. Popular Science (August, 1942, page 219) gives the following tip:

A five-cent ukulele E string of the catgut type makes an excellent cord for restringing a bead or pearl necklace. Thread the parts on the dry catgut, then soak the ends of the latter for two hours between the folds of a damp cloth before tying the knots at the clasp ends. — K. F. Keith.

Apart from providing a stylish fashion accessory, this Popular Science article might be evidence for the general use of G C E A tuning in 1942, and, perhaps, for the growing use of nylon strings. BTW — how much are single strings sold for these days?

Published in: on January 3, 2010 at 8:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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