Piano roll, "Our Eleven"

Object Type
Musical instruments/Part
Date Used
1930s
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Brief Description
Pianola player word roll of the song "Our Eleven", about Australia bringing home the Ashes from England in 1930. The 'title page' section in the first part of the roll is v-shaped and has a decorative cross-hatch and botanical border design surrounding the details of the roll in brown print, reading, "MASTERTOUCH MUSIC ROLLS / TEMPO 70 OR FOR DANCING 80", followed by a key describing the manner in which various parts of the song should be played (very loud - very soft). Beneath is a facsimile signature, and beneath that "MASTERTOUCH / Word Roll / "Our Eleven" / FOX TROT / D.2484." The roll is tied up with a piece of string which is joined to the end of the roll and is wound around the roll and then a small stud. The end of the roll is a separate piece of material which has torn off and been re-pasted to the paper, largely covering the name of the printer, which seems to read "D.H. Horton & Co. Sydney". The brass-coloured ends have a dimple in one end and a slot in the other for insertion into the pianola. For the rest of the roll, the perforations on the sheet are on the left side and printed on the right are the words to the song and the respective symbols indicating the loudness or softness.
Measurements
0 - Whole: H: 50 W: 305 D: 50mm (H: 1 15/16 W: 12 D: 1 15/16")
Media/Materials
Associated Event
Date Used
1930s
Location
In storage
Registration No
M9972.1
Credit Line
Kindly donated to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum by Harry Simpson.

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