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Hohner Little Lady No. 39 Harmonica

Hohner Little Lady No. 39 Harmonica

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This harmonica was made by Hohner in Germany, undetermined date. It is a Little Lady No. 39 model, with 4 single holes and undetermined number of reeds. This harmonica has a black stained wooden comb with metal cover plates attached to the top and bottom with screws. With blue plastic box in original sealed packaging. As printed on the packaging:

FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PLAYED IN SPACE

This harmonica is identical to the one which was the first musical instrument to be played in space. Astronaut Walter M. Shirra played “Jingle Bells” on Gemini VI Mission, December 15-16, 1965. He was accompanied by Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford, Jr. on the jingle bells. The original Hohner Little Lady Harmonica used by Schirra is on view in Apollo to the Moon Gallery at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harmonica
maker
Hohner
place made
Germany
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 5 1/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 9.525 cm x 13.0175 cm
ID Number
1988.0783.448
accession number
1988.0783
catalog number
1988.0783.448
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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