Love, Marriage, and ukulele

The New York Tribune, 12 July 1917, reported on the powerful effect that the ukulele can have.

Miss Rosie O’Brien, just 17 years old, came under the spell of the ukulele that Joseph Gonsalves played. The two met at the concert hall at City Island, where young Joseph was performing with the Hawaiian orchestra. Rosie soon was missing from home, on her way with Joe to the Marriage License Bureau. The police were soon on their trail, but by the time they had caught up with her, she was already Mrs Gonsalves.

As if to confirm the ukulele’s power to attract, on the same page is a picture of ukulele toting Pauline Disston, who was recently engaged to John Wanamaker. So it works both ways, and others took the hint.

Miss Disston with ukulele (and friend)

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Hawaiian Maiden and a Ukulele

The following account from the Ashburton Guardian, 4 August 1921, highlights the advantage of doing your research before making your investments.

A curious story is being told just now of the horrible hiatus in a beach-comber’s repertory. The B.C. was in Hawaii, that land of dusky dancers. He saw a girl dancing to a most attractive air played on the ukelele, and so taken was he with it that he was convinced all the world would like it as well. So with the dusky maiden and a ukelele hied him to Broadway, New York, where on the first night after arrival he heard a gramophone give out the very tune on which he was staking his fortune. What, he asked, is that? Why, it’s the tune we’ve been jazzing to for months. Only then did he discover that the ukelele girl had caught the air from a passing liner.

But you’ve got to admit, he knew a hit when he heard one.

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Still more war related ukuleles

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.

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