Advert For C. Hudson, Musical Instrument Maker
Medium: Print on paper
This is an advertisement for C. Hudson, musical instrument maker. The banjo is derived from instruments played in West Africa and travelled across the Atlantic to America with the slave trade. Minstrels and amateur players introduced the instrument to Britain in the 1860’s, and although it was originally regarded with contempt by the upper and middle classes, as Minstrel music caught on the popularity of the banjo grew. It was a popular instrument with ladies as it was small and light and banjo teachers were highly sought after by young women who wished to learn how to play the instrument as a way of increasing their standing in society. This leaflet uses stereotypical images of African men and women playing instruments and dancing.