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Slide Whistle

Slide Whistle

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Description (Brief)

This whistle was made in the United States around 1900 to 1910. It is a slide whistle made of wood.

This whistle was used by William T. Armstrong (1879-1965), orchestra leader and musician in vaudeville and silent film theaters. Armstrong grew up in South River, New Jersey and began playing drums at the age of 14. He continued his musical career through the mid-1910s, after which, Armstrong began work in banking and finance. This artifact is part of a collection of drums, sound effect instruments, and other percussion instruments used by Armstrong.

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Object Name
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United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 1 7/8 in x 1 13/16 in x 14 7/8 in; 4.7625 cm x 4.60375 cm x 37.7825 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Pamela A. Carlin and Evelyn A. Mark in memory of William T. Armstrong
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