"No need to know a thing about music." A 1928 advertisement offers an easy way to become popular by learning to play the banjo or another musical instrument. The ad appeared in College Humor and was directed at the young, educated set.
|Be a Popular Banjo Player|
U. S. School of Music
College Humor, Vol. 15, No. 2, July 1928, page 122
Note: The July 1928 issue of College Humor resides in the Steven Boss humor magazine collection at Columbia University in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Thanks to comics librarian Karen Green for leaving the bread crumbs that led me to it.
If you too would like to be more popular, you have three easy options. You can take up the banjo—or the ukulele if that's how your tastes run. You can lead a discussion group about Attempted Bloggery at your local coffee shop. Finally, you can attend "Laughter by the Month: 20th-Century Cartoon and Humor Magazines" on Thursday, March 9 at 6 p.m. in the Butler Library of Columbia University. You might want to consider doing all three.