Friday, October 3, 2008

Hawaiian Menu Art ~ #3 In A Series

Called "Hawaiian Night", this image, probably an aquatint, was created by artist John Melville Kelly and eventually included in a series of 7 covers for Royal Hawaiian Hotel menus in the 1950s.

The ukelele, pictured, originated in Hawaii in the 19th century, styled after a small Portugese guitar called the cavaquinho, brought to Hawaii by immigrants. The Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 introduced the ukelele and lap steel guitar to the world, as the Hawaiian Pavillion featured the Royal Hawaiian Quartette.

Ukeleles have four strings and come in four sizes ~ soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. Their tone and volume depend on size and construction.

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