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Herb Shriner's Hoosier Boy Harmonica

Herb Shriner's Hoosier Boy Harmonica

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This harmonica was made by M. Hohner in Germany, about 1965. It is a Herb Shriner Hoosier Boy model in the key of C, with 10 single holes and 20 reeds. The harmonica has a brown stained wooden comb with gold-tone enameled metal cover plates nailed to the top and bottom. It is accessioned with its original cardboard box. The harmonica is stamped:

[caricature of Herb Shiner] Herb Shiner
Hoosier Boy

(and the box is marked):

HERB SHINER’S
HOOSIER BOY

M. HOHNER HARMONICA MADE IN GERMANY

Herbert Arthur "Herb" Shriner (1918-1970) was an American humorist, radio personality and television host. He learned to play harmonica in grade school and continued to play throughout adulthood. In between playing harmonica, Shriner told stories about a fictional Hoosier hometown. This became his performance style throughout his radio and television appearances.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harmonica
date made
ca 1965
maker
Hohner, M.
place made
Germany
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
box: 1 in x 4 3/16 in x 1 5/16 in; 2.54 cm x 10.63625 cm x 3.33375 cm
harmonica: 3/4 in x 4 in x 1 in; 1.905 cm x 10.16 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
1988.0783.070
accession number
1988.0783
catalog number
1988.0783.070
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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