American Xylophone Artists souvenir postcard
Late 19th to early 20th century
In an era when some people spent their whole lives in their hometown, an act advertised as 'from America' would seem exotic to a British music hall audience. Without the television and radio we take for granted, new sights and sounds were harder to come by. A touring act, such as the Martin Brothers advertised on this postcard, would be bringing new experiences to audiences eager for novelty. With a combination of unusual instruments and American style this pair of xylophonists could be pretty sure of getting an enthusiastic reception.