Frottoir

Frottoir

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This rubboard or vest frottoir was made by Tee Don Landry in Duson, Louisiana, in 2001. It is made of corrugated stainless steel, serial #123. The vest frottoir is worn over the chest and is held in place with two curved arms placed over the shoulders. This instrument is played as a rhythm instrument by rubbing either bottle openers or spoons on the corrugation. There is a maker’s inscription on the back of the frottoir.

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.

Location
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Object Name
rubboard
Date made
2001
referenced
Chenier, Clifton
Chenier, Cleveland
maker
Landry, Tee Don
place made
United States: Louisiana, Duson
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 7/8 in x 13 3/8 in x 23 1/2 in; 27.6225 cm x 33.9725 cm x 59.69 cm
ID Number
2001.0181.01
serial number
123
accession number
2001.0181
catalog number
2001.0181.01
Credit Line
Gift of Don Landry in memory of Willie Landry
subject
Zydeco
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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