Frottoir Sticks

Description (Brief):

These rubboard or vest frottoir sticks were made by Tee Don Landry in Duson, Louisiana, in 2001. They are made of bottle opener shaped metal sticks in wooden dowel handles. Accessioned with rubboards or vest frottoirs (Cat. #2001.0181.01 & .02)

Description (Brief)

According to the donor, the earliest frottoirs were wash boards tied around the neck. This frottoir was made in the same style and process as the donor's father, Willie Landry. Landry, a welder at a refinery is said to have made the first molded rubboard, metal chest plate that fits/hangs above and around the shoulder. His first rubboard was said to have been made for the zydeco musicians, Clifton and Cleveland Chenier in the early 1947.

Date Made: 2001

Maker: Landry, Tee Don

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Louisiana, Duson

General Subject Association: Zydeco


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Don Landry in memory of Willie Landry

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2001.0181.03Accession Number: 2001.0181Catalog Number: 2001.0181.03

Object Name: bottle openers, set of

Physical Description: metal (overall material)wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 3/4 in x 1 9/16 in x 7/8 in; 19.685 cm x 3.96875 cm x 2.2225 cm


Record Id: nmah_1203037

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