I found many ads selling neusfluiten in the dutch press, and was surprised to discover the first ones were published in the colonies. Indeed, the Kingdom of the Netherlands had colonized numerous regions of Southeast Asia, where the locals were used to play traditional nose flutes. Well, the metal nose flutes sold there were destined to the conquerors, not to the natives.
The first ad I found dates of June 30, 1923, and was published in the Bataviaasch Nieuwsblad. The shop — Toko "De Leeuw"— was based in Weltevreden (Jakarta).
While the is no proof the item was a metal "urban type" neusfluit in this 1923 ad (it could have been a silingut or a mongurali, why not?), there is, on the other hand, no doubt that the nose flutes sold by W. Naessens & Co. in 1924 in Batavia (Jakarta), were of the modern type: they are announced after modern songs or sorted among other Jazz instruments (trumpets, xylophones, jazz-flutes, etc.)
The following ad, first published Oct. 16, 1925 in De Indische Courant (Indonesia) is very interesting by several points. First, it shows a drawing of the flute. But more, the flute is displayed beside another item — the Fanfare sing-shalm: both of these instruments (and their drawings!) coming directly from the early 1920's Max Adler international catalogue.
Note that the nose flute has no upper lip rest, and thus, looks very very similar (no evidence it is it, however) to the Wunderflöte (first version, the Goldstein's one).
De Indische Courant ad:
The Max Adler catalogue:
The first version of the Wunderflöte:
The Bataviaasch Nieuwsblad continuously hosted advertisements for neusfluiten, by different competitors. However, there is no doubt they all were selling the same items, coming from the Max Adler catalogue.
Following, ads from 1925 and 1927. In the 1927 one, it is written "Neusfluit: met handvat (nieuwste)" meaning "Nose flute: with handle (newest)"! What was this "new" nose flute with a handle? I do not know the 1927 Max Adler catalogue but, as far as I know, any nasenflöte available in german catalogues from 1925 and until (at least) 1936 were the ones made in Brunndöbra by Paul Brunner. And had no handle.
The only nose flute I know with a handle is the Cello-Phone. Was that the description of this English or American instrument? I would be surprised of that...
(Note that the Fanfare whistle was a product by Paul Brunner)
The german nasenflöte from Brunndöbra and the Cello-Phone:
In 1929, the flame for nose flutes was not extinguished in the colonies, and De Algemeene Muziekhandel Stiphout announced in De Sumatra Post that the shop had received again some stock.
The rhythm of ads for nose flutes decreased then, but those didn't totally disappear. Here in June 1937 (De Indische Courant) and for Saint Nicholas Day 1938 (Soerabaijasch Handelsblad, Surabaya):
As in any Western country, the metallic early nose flute sales stopped then. Gretsch launched the polystyrene Humanatone that was especially packed to be sent to the Boys at war.
Surprinsingly, on Dec. 3, 1953, the Java-Bode newspaper published an advertisement for neusfluiten, as gifts for Saint Nicholas Day. Were they plastic Humanatones? Probably. Or maybe the flat metal one produced in Japan?
>>To be continued!
On the same topic:
- Dutch advertisements - Part I: The Colonies
- Dutch advertisements - Part II: Mainland