Trombone History: Pity and Donations

Added the following image and its caption to the 19th Century Trombone History Timeline (2nd half). There are two things that are interesting about the print, in my opinion. The first is that the instrument is a rear-facing trombone, which, it turns out, is surprisingly common in 19th century iconography. The second is that it belongs to a group of caricatures or otherwise humorous images from the 19th century that seem to reflect something of a shift in the way people view the trombone (see J.J. Grandville, 1845; Honoré Daumier, 1865; A. Forester, 1896; and the cover of “She was Born in Old Virginia,” 1899).

Silhouettes1871—Paris, France: A lithograph titled A propos de la crise monétaire (“about the currency crisis”) from a series of prints by French caricaturist B. Moloch (B. Colomb) called Les Silhouettes de 1871 depicts a woman playing a rear-facing trombone, along with a well-dressed man wearing a sign asking for pity and donations (see facing image; public domain).

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