Strong National Museum of Play Artifact of the Month – the Tambourine, No. 120.28

Throughout the year, a number of holidays and celebrations include noisemaking traditions. Firecrackers on the Fourth of July, party horns for birthdays or New Year’s Eve, and spooky sounds and pranks on Halloween all contribute to the experience of those special days. For more than a century, makers of holiday paraphernalia have assisted by producing inexpensive and colorful noisemakers. This printed metal tambourine from about 1925 features a clown design. So the question remains—is it festive or scary?

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