A ukulele by Aloha Ukulele Manufacturing Co.

The ukulele pictured below is one used by Stella Lamond.

It has ‘Aloha Hawaii’ on the headstock with a coat of arms and a motto in Hawaiian.

Inside the uke there are wood-burned words TABU-MADE IN HAWAII”; there is also the signature ‘AKAI’.

And it has a snazzy case.

Pictures by the kind permission of the Powerhouse Museum.

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Stella Lamond — the cutie with the uke

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Stella Lamond

Stella Lamond (1909-1973) was an Australian singer, dancer and actress who commenced her professional career on the stage at the tender age of four. At the Tivoli she was known as the ‘girl from Woop Woop’, and later as ‘the cutie with the uke’ — and, in Frank van Straten’s book, Tivoli (Lothian, 2003), it is said that her playing of the ukulele would stop the show.  One of her ukuleles is now in the Powerhouse museum, Sydney. Stella had two daughters, Toni Lamond and Hellen Reddy.

Picture from Tivoli, page 91 — used with the kind permission of Frank van Straten.

Published in: on October 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm  Comments (6)  
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