1911: “Game of Dumb Instruments”

This comes via Virginia Enterprise (5/12/1911) in a section on household games. Interestingly, the game description constructs a divide between foreignness, “dumb instruments,” and noise, on the one hand, and domesticity, real instruments, and music, on the other.

Here’s an earlier version of this same game that attributes it to a Dutch origin (from the Red Cloud Chief on 8/23/1901).

Screenshot 2014-06-21 10.09.28


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