The Humble Museum has several older music instruments and musical devices on display from Humble's past. These include an old Victrola phonograph, a Stewart Warner Radio (from 1935), a violin, a fife, and an antique Parlor Organ.
This 1903 organ was purchased by Susie Isaacks in 1905. She bought the organ for 10 or 12 gold pieces with an additional 50 cents for drayage from Shepherd to Susie's home in Coldsprings. The organ was moved to Houston in 1909, where it stayed until the 1950s, when Susie had it cleaned and repaired, then moved to the family home in Humble.
This Victrola was donated to the museum by Charles Goodwin in 1988.
This is a Stewart Warner Radio, Ferradyne Model R-173, produced in 1835. It was donated to the Humble Museum by Robert A. Moyer in 2012.
Fun Fact: Nipper was a dog from Bristol, England. He was the model for an 1898 painting by Francis Barraud titled "His Master's Voice". This image was the basis for one of the world's best known trademarks, the famous dog-and-gramaphone, that was used by several record companies and their associated company brands.
A bugle is one of the simplest brass instraments and typically does not have valves. The bugle is used mainly in the military and Boy Scouts, where the bugle call is used to indicate the daily routines of camp. Historically the bugle was used in the cavalry to relay instructions from officers to soldiers during battle. They were used to assemble the leaders and to give marching orders to the camps.
This bugle was donated by Charles Goodwin.
This fife was used by Anna Pursley’s great grandfather during the civil war.
This violin was owned by Mr. Barr’s grandfather, Robert Clark Barr, who was a professional violinist in orchestras. He was also a wooden ship builder. He acquired the violin in the early 1880s.