[From Presto, 4 July 1925, page 22 — reproduced courtesy of The International Arcade Museum and the Musical Box Society International]
New York Publishers Send Quantities of Ukulele Folios to Home of “Jumping Flea.”
You’ve heard of the American who tried to sell linen to Madeira, and his pal, a salesman for a Milwaukee brewery, who used to take in Pilsen and Munich, in Germany, on his selling trips. All related to the lad who carried coals to Newcastle.
Well, none of the aforementioned gentry has a thing on Robbins-Engel, Inc., New York, publishers of ukulele books. For, in the year that that firm has been developing and exploiting its famous ukulele catalog, it has sold more than 50, 000 “uke” folios to no less a place than Hawaii — home and natal place of the ukulele, or “jumping flea,” as they call it on the much publicized beach of Waikiki.
An order for five thousand books, received last week from the Hawaii Sales Co., Ltd., 1009 Nunanu Street, Honolulu, included “Ukulele Ike’s Comic Songs for the Ukulele,” Nos. 1 and 2, “W. C. Handy’s Famous Comic Blues,” and the following famous books by Hank Linet, — “Hank’s One Hour Course in Ukulele Playing,” “Hank’s College Ditties,” “Hank’s Songs of the Sunny South” and “Hank’s Comic Camp Ditties,” all of Robbins-Engels publications.
Hank who … ?