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image of Man with Cello Man with Cello
Rendered by Mina Lowry (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paper
overall: 29.3 x 22.5 cm (11 9/16 x 8 7/8 in.) Original IAD Object: 9 1/2" high; 2 1/2" wide
Index of American Design
1943.8.15664
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From the Tour: Toys from the Index of American Design
Object 18 of 26

Spring or "clockwork" mechanisms were sometimes used to produce sounds in toys as well as to make them move. Music boxes were operated by this type of action, as is this mechanical figure of a man with a cello. When the toy is wound, the musician nods and moves his bow. The toy, dating from the late nineteenth century, plays an old-fashioned dance tune.

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