This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Sep 9, 2011

Humanaphone : All British Make

The Humanaphone was a metal "all british" nose flute. The name must not be mixed up neither with Humanatone, nor with Humanophone, which was a « human organ » invented by Georges Ives, in which each person was commanded to sing only the same single note.
I don't know which year the Humanaphone was issued by, but it features as a novelty in the 1925 Keith Prowse & Co. catalog, London.

The Humanaphone was a tin nose flute, but it appears that there was also a celluloid version, more « hygienic », as it appears in the 1930 Jedson & Mastertone Musical catalog.

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