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Four-String Banjo Ukulele

Four-String Banjo Ukulele

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Description (Brief)
This four-string banjo ukulele was made by an unknown maker in the United States around 1925-1930. During the 1920s and 1930s banjo ukuleles were manufactured by the thousands. The majority of these instruments were inexpensive. They were easy to play, and produced a louder sound than the traditional Hawaiian ukulele, which created an irresistible appeal.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banjo ukelele
banjo ukulele
Date made
1915-1920
date made
1925-1930
place made
United States
Measurements
overall: 21 1/2 in x 7 1/8 in x 3 in; 54.61 cm x 18.0975 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
1989.0565.01
accession number
1989.0565
catalog number
1989.0565.01
Credit Line
Gift of Elma Grace Hanika Cook
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Banjos
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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This banjo ukulele was given to my mother, the donor, Elma Grace Hanika Cook, by her mother, Nellie Ann Harmon Hanika as a high school graduation present.

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