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Title Ukelin manufactured by the International Music Corporation, 14th and Bloomfield Streets, Hoboken, circa 1928-1929.
Object Name Ukelin
Catalog Number 2008.033.0001
Collection Hoboken Manufactured Products Collection
Credit Gift of Lone Schweitzer
Description Ukelin, guitar shaped, manufactured by the International Music Corporation, 14th (or 15th) and Bloomfield Streets, Hoboken, probably made circa 1928-1929 (purchased June 25, 1929.) Metal and wood, 7-1/2" wide x 27-1/2" long x 2-1/2" high. Fully strung (32 strings); two sound holes (printed interior label in lower sound hole; upper label missing.

With: original wire music holder; original bow (lacking horsehair) and two capos. See archives 2008.033.0002 to .0006 for documents accompanying the object and related to this musical instrument including original 1929 sales receipt.

Bottom back has two blind stamped numbers: "33" and "884." Not aligned with each other and probably should be considered as separate numbers. They are apparently related to a model number and/or serial numbering. Authoritative information about this company's markings is not yet available.

Intended to be played with the 18-1/2" long bow. Similar to the genre of fretless zithers known as Hawaiian Art Violin. Golden brown finish with the round sound holes that have marquetry decals surrounding them. The upper one is known as "Bud" and the lower, fancier one, as "International." Other decals present indicate notes and chords.

The black label printed in gold that is found inside the bottom sound hole has the list price of $35.00, name of the instrument and manufacturer's information: "Distributed Exclusively by the International Music Corporation, 14th and Bloomfield Streets, Hoboken, N.J." (Note that the address is variously given as Fourteenth or Fifteenth Street.) Usually there are labels inside any sound holes present, but the one inside the top sound hole appears to have been scratched off.
Date 1928-1929
Year Range from 1928
Year Range to 1929
Search Terms International Musical Corp.
Fifteenth St.
Bloomfield St.
Fourteenth St.
Caption full view of top
Imagefile 066\20080330001.TIF
Classification Music
Business & Commerce