I stumbled across this 1927 advertisement in an unrelated search, which piqued my interest and warranted further investigation. The Union Company of Elizabeth Street in the City of Melbourne were selling this vest pocket mouth organ for a shilling (post free). It had the added feature of a powerful magnifying glass to view an interesting … Continue reading Beware Choking Hazard!
Happy new month Raffers. Cold and wet here, we've had more rain this year than for the whole of 2019. April was the wettest in sixty years. Stay well and don't inject the disinfectant. Now a word from our sponsors-Magpie Mouth Organs and Macrow's. For more on Macrow's check out the Mouth Harp Mimicry article. … Continue reading NAWFOS #5-Maggies
Strange days indeed. Most peculiar Mama. Had a reply earlier this month to an email I sent in November 2018 from harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite. Nearly fell off my couch! Better late that never. After Memphis Charlie's second album with Ben Harper I asked him this question via his website contact. "Just wondering if Charlie … Continue reading Crackshot
As Neddy Seagoon would exclaim, "What! What! What!" In a previous article (Lip Protector-NFSCD #7) I mentioned a device that was used down under as an aide for learning the mouth organ. The student could practice freely without the advent of any lip issues. In this 1937 advertisement the Glaz-o-phone can only be obtained from … Continue reading What! What! What!
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A few interesting finds added to the Aussie Models timeline. (Weston Langford Photograph) When I was a lad riding the rails the train of choice was the Red Rattler. If a Bluey pulled in I would sometimes wait for the next one in hope of riding the Red. The Tait class of train was far … Continue reading Riding The Red Rattler
A story of an old Roy Boy, William (Winger) Griffiths (April 5, 1879 - October 16, 1928). As the curtain closes on the Grade cricket season and rises for Australian rules football what better way than to honour the transition than to have a tale about a District (Premier Grade) cricketer and VFL (Victorian Football … Continue reading Winger Griffiths
Pinch & Punch Riff Raffers on this golden autumn day. NAWFOS number three features a couple of J Albert & Son Boomerang advertisements of the day. Enjoy SD.
Gary Young and Steve Williams have pressed an album of country originals. Gary is a prolific songwriter and here are twelve excellent examples of country tunes he has penned on love and loss. Steve helps out and lays some excellent country riffs including harmonizing harps on a couple. You can hear this technique on the … Continue reading Love and Loss-Recordz & Gigz
Will the real Sydney Dickens please stand up? There has been some confusion on the identity of Sydney Dickens or should I say Professor Dickens. On Melbourne's Empire Records back in 1908, two wax cylinder recordings were pressed containing mouth organ medleys credited to 'Professor' Dickens (these are Australia's earliest known mouth organ recordings). For … Continue reading By Dickens