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Original American Kazoo Company in Eden, New York

In 1916, a sheet metal shop in a town south of Buffalo decided to engage in a new endeavor: the manufacture of kazoos, a toy instrument craze brought to the area by a traveling salesman. The gambit paid off, as the easy-to-play novelty shortly thereafter rose to prominence in vaudeville and jug bands, and was featured in a surprising number of early musical recordings. Proving capable of keeping up with the growing demand, the Original American Kazoo Company cornered the market, ultimately becoming the only manufacturer of metal kazoos in North America.
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