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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Science and the ukulele

In the Popular Science Monthly of 1925 (page 62), it was reported that Morris Rothman of Bayonne, New Jersey, had invented a walking stick that can convert instantly into a ‘ukelele’. From the photograph accompanying the report, it seems to have a very thin sound box. I’d prefer a ukulele that could convert into a walking stick — it would probably have a better tone.

Published in: on December 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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