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Historic Colorado Newspaper Items About Concertinas

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Just for fun (but also because I am curious about how prevalent concertinas and other squeezeboxes were in the early history of Colorado), I searched for "concertina" in the online Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. There weren't a lot of hits, but the few I found are instructive (and often amusing). The attached clippings range from 1873 to 1914. I especially enjoyed "Reviving an Old Torture."

 

 

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Thanks for posting these. They were once much loved I think, which one can tell even from the humorous comments.

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Thanks for posting these. They were once much loved I think, which one can tell even from the humorous comments.

Yes, they're lovely! I suppose in the second clipping the author was mixing Concertina up with Concertante as in Sinfonia Concertante? After reading the last clipping, I will certainly refrain in future from playing my concertina during a thunderstorm, lest my toes get scorched...

 

Adrian

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Yes, they're lovely! I suppose in the second clipping the author was mixing Concertina up with Concertante as in Sinfonia Concertante? After reading the last clipping, I will certainly refrain in future from playing my concertina during a thunderstorm, lest my toes get scorched...

Adrian, does this mean that you're removing "Stormy Weather" from your repertoire?

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"an early indiscretion of Sir Charles Wheatstone"

 

"the favorite instrument of the idle and depraved"

Harsh but fair :)

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Yes, they're lovely! I suppose in the second clipping the author was mixing Concertina up with Concertante as in Sinfonia Concertante? After reading the last clipping, I will certainly refrain in future from playing my concertina during a thunderstorm, lest my toes get scorched...

Adrian, does this mean that you're removing "Stormy Weather" from your repertoire?

 

 

I guess I should Jim. After all, I'd hate to put "hope in the breast of struggling humanity…"

 

 

"an early indiscretion of Sir Charles Wheatstone"

 

"the favorite instrument of the idle and depraved"

Harsh but fair :)

 

Yes, I now understand why I am one of those "eccentric persons who professes to enjoy its alleged tones".

 

Adrian

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