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Trombone Humor

The internet and email are media where unsolicited and unattributed photos, cartoons and written material flies around fast and furious. Now and then, something is sent to me which is simply priceless, and this page will contain the best of the trombone related items which come across my screen. In cases where there is no attribution, should I receive proof of authorship or copyright, I will immediately either give credit or remove the item from my site in accordance with the original author's wishes. Enjoy!

Many people know of my interest in the magnificent sculpture of Daniel Chester French whose most famous monument is the statue of Abraham in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. A friend recently sent me this photo of French's famous statue. Funny, I don't remember seeing our 16th President holding a trombone before, but I'd love to hear him play the Hindemith "Sonata"!! (Photo editing by David C. Fletcher, used with permission - click HERE to visit David's online store where you can purchase this and many other of his photo/artwork modification.)

Speaking of Abraham Lincoln, it is clear from this image that his trombone playing was a very important part of his life, so much so that the United States Mint felt it necessary to commemorate it in the Lincoln penny. More excellent work by David C. Fletcher, used with permission.

David C. Fletcher (see Abraham Lincoln, above) has done it again, with this fantastic take off on Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory," retitled, "The Persistence of Trombones." (Included here with permission from David C. Fletcher.)

Many people play more than one instrument, and I've known a few to play more than one at a time. But this photo gives new meaning to the word "doubling." The player is Wilbur ("Willie") Hall who played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

Southeby's auction house in England put this interesting "instrument" up for sale on November 25, 2003; it sold for 2,640 pounds. The "loophonium" (to fully understand the name, keep in mind that the British slang name for the toilet is the "loo"), also known as a harpic-phone, was devised by Fritz Spiegl. It was designed for use in the April Fools' Concerts which were staged in Liverpool from 1952 for over twenty five years by members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

You never know what will fall in your lap when you open your mail. In June 2003, I opened up an envelope full of "junk mail" coupons and this coupon fell out. Years of practice and self-denial and it comes to this?! Seeing myself on a coupon was rather a surreal feeling to say the least.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. This is not an invention of "Dr. Seuss." It is an instrument made by Adolphe Sax. Each valve works independently (open, and six valves) and one bell corresponds to each valve - hence seven bells - one for each position of the slide trombone. Perfectly sensible, don't you agree?! The instrument is in the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

United States 2000 Presidential election candidates George W. Bush, Albert Gore and Ralph Nader.

Posted with the permission of the creator of the image.

This sculpture made of parts of various musical instruments was seen by me at the Grand National Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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