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  • A musical instrument (provisional patent No.26091) manufactured in the 1930s

    "As with business so with art, this is a revolutionary age. A period when speedy accomplishment is the secret of all success, and in introducing something that is truly a revelation in the providing of music in a modern way, we are simply moving with the time. It was not possible that such a thing could be achieved was the first thought of musicians, when we perfected the 'Australele' as an instrument which could be 'mastered after only a few minutes' tuition'. We have proved our claims and the critics now admit their amazement.

    "Invented by an Australian, made by Australians for Australians, 'THE AUSTRALELE' is a milestone in the musical progress of Australia."


    "The instrument that adds to the true care-free jollity to every occasion of pleasure. Become the life of the party. Providing the musical accompaniment for dances, beach parties, moonlight picnics and home festivities. Compact and easily handled, you need never be without your 'Australele'."

    (That dangler appears in the original - I'm sure the reader is pleased to know that he or she is "compact and easily handled".)

    The Australele is a 16-string, three-chord zither with a body similar in shape to a ukelele body (but without the neck) and controls in the style of an auto-harp. It is also truly defunct.

    March 19, 2008

  • Haha! What a hoot!

    March 20, 2008