Frumgeous Ukulele (in verse no less)

A poetic invitation and rhymed refusal were published together sometime after March 1917, and before the end of the First World War — the newspaper itself is as yet unidentifiable.

Why not visit Honolulu?
Drop in on us without warning
When your next vacation’s due
                                                    Lew

Many thank for invitation
But we don’t believe we can, Sir
We may have to serve the nation.

We might wear your flower Boa
And a smile — and wear ’em gayly —
But we fear the wild aloa
And the Frumgeous ukulele.
So excuse us.
                                                    T. A. Daly

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Keep the booze, dump the uke

The St Joseph Observer of 18 March 1918 observed this from the Editor of the Hannibal Post:

While the government is considering prohibition for the Hawaiian islands, it might not be amiss to put some sort of ban on the ukuleles.

Prohibition, for those of you born closer to the beginning of this century than of the last, was the outlawing of the manufacture and sale of alcohol (it was very popular with gangsters during the 1920s and 30s in the United State of America).  I can just imagine how it would have run with a prohibition on ukuleles, with underground clubs and speak-easies selling their bootleg booze and ukes. The trouble is, they wouldn’t have been able to smuggle their drinks or Thompson machine-guns in ukulele cases, as that might have suggested a contraband ukulele to the authorities.

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm  Comments (1)  
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