Pair of Sand Blocks

Pair of Sand Blocks

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This pair of sand blocks were made in the United States, around 1900 to 1910. They are made of wood with sandpaper attached to the bottom of the blocks.

These sand blocks were 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.<./p>

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sand blocks
date made
1900-1910
place made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
sandpaper (overall material)
Measurements
sand block 1: 1 3/4 in x 3 11/16 in x 10 in; 4.445 cm x 9.36625 cm x 25.4 cm
sand block 2: 2 in x 3 7/8 in x 10 in; 5.08 cm x 9.8425 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
1984.0335.22
accession number
1984.0335
catalog number
1984.0335.22
Credit Line
Gift of Pamela A. Carlin and Evelyn A. Mark in memory of William T. Armstrong
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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