Item Type: Post Card -
Full Description: A colour print comic postcard, divided rear, of a trio of lads in a rowboat, with the bowler-hatted gent at the helm playing a concertina. The card is labelled "The Wrench Series No 10521". The boat is named "The 'Arriet" - possible a reference to the boat-load of concertina-playing folks referred to by Jerome K Jerome in his book "Three Men in a Boat" as "...a boatload of 'arrys and 'arriets". The term "'arrys and 'arriets" was coined by the middle-classes to describe the lower-classes, and those who dropped their aitches - and the concertina's use in this jolly boat' image may even reflect the growing social migration of the concertina into the lower classes in late-Victorian, early Edwardian society.
Source Catalogue No: The Concertina Museum: 3.2.3-027
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