[Sequel of the post: Dutch advertisements - Part I: The Colonies]
It is not possible neither to be affirmative about the appearance year of the first nose flutes in the Netherlands, mainland. I found much fewer advertisements in the newspapers than in Dutch Indonesia, and I suppose the explanation is that they were more specifically localised in musical or toys catalogues, which might have been less spread in the colonies.
While the first neusfluit ad found in the indonesian papers dates of 1923, I found none in mainland press before 1927. It's a music instrument shop of Maastricht, selling nose flutes for Saint Nicholas Day. Next year, also for the same celebration, nose flutes are to be sold in Amsterdam, in a stationery.
And that's almost all. Only ads for Saint Nicholas Day. However, nose flutes are not totally absent of the press. They are found in "want ads", like in this 1928 one...
... or this wholesale one, dating of 1981:
Neusfluiten also appear in stories, serial novels or reports on jazz music. Rarely, they make an apparition in the back pages, like in the following article published on 10th of February, 1939, in the Leeuwarder Nieuwsblad:
Mr. Maikel Mei had the gentleness to translate this little gem for us, thanks a lot to him!:
A nose flute solo that ended badly.
[The original article contains Frisian as well as slang from Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands.]
Klaas K., an unemployed young man from Leeuwarden, tries to overcome his difficulties in life by playing music. He uses very simple means to do so, a nose flute. We never heard of this instrument and had always thought that the simplest of musical instruments was the so-called “onion-peel”. That was a small, flat piece of metal held inside the front of the mouth, which was used by a certain artist called “Black-haired Kobus” to accompany his violin solos at fun fairs in the area, many years ago. Even without accompaniment the nose flute itself makes enough noise to fine its player. [It is suggested here that busking was illegal].
This is exactly what happened to Klaas K., apparently a sad case. When the judge asks him “Why did you do it?” the defendant states “Well, I also had a fine left to pay here of 5 Florins, for riding my bicycle in the slipstream of a car, and I just decided to make that money by busking. I had only just started when I already had to quit again.” Charge: 3 Florins or 3 days in jail. How is K. doing today? “Just a tiny little bit of trade, but the yield is only very small these days.” “And those 5 Florins?” “I nearly have them, your honour, but I wanted to pay them in cents, that’s why.” Whether it was this wonderful resolution or his unfortunate and unsuccessful debut on the nose flute, the sentence was 1 Florin or 1 day in jail.
On the same topic:
- Dutch advertisements - Part I: The Colonies
- Dutch advertisements - Part II: Mainland