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.

Oct 31, 2012

Two other Humanatone Ads

Another evidence that the Magic (Nose) Flute was the same product that the Humanatone. In this 1932 Johnson Smith novelties catalog, the picture displayed for the Magic Flute is a Humanatone, on which you can read the name. And the texts says « Magic Flute, or Humanatone », both with caps initials, because they are used as proper nouns.

Funny to notice it was presented together with the "Nose Blower" (which was a kind of nasty device called nowadays "fart whistle")

As already noticed before, the name Magic (Nose) Flute seems to be have been used in novelties and toys catalogs, while the brand Humanatone was reserved to music instruments ones. However, with the time, things became more intricated, and the novelties dealers added the name Humanatone to take benefit of its fame.

So, in the 1930's, the noun Humanatone also appears alone in pure toys catalogs. This ad in the 1931 Kindel Graham catalog was classified in the jokes section, not in the music instruments one.


About metal Humanatones, check :

- Humanatone - part I : the metallic era
- New Humanatone ads
- The Two metal Humanatones
- Another metal Humanatone
- Humanatone boxes
- Another Humanatone box
- Humanatone: A very early user manual
- The Magic (Nose) Flute: only questions... .
- A Humanatone and clones chronology
- A Humanatone in 1892 ?
- Humanatone: Early promotional demos
- Another Humanatone archive
- Huma... something
- Rectification: Humanatone appearance date
- Great paper from 1903
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part I
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part II
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part III
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part IV
- Nose Flute Pioneers: The Stivers - Part V
- A Humanatone as a scientific tool
- Two other Humanatone Ads

And on later Humanatones :

- Humanatone - Part II : the Gretsch plastic era
- Humanatone - Part III : the Gretsch metal era


1 comment:

  1. Every time I am ever so surprised and excited to see new additions to the historic sources related to the nose flute. It makes me wonder how many more there could be out there!