National Geographic : 1932 Nov
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A FIFE AND DRUM CORPS SWINGS THROUGH THE STREETS OF COMPIIGNE Probably the fifers of Joan's day piped not only martial airs, but also those mournful laments of a peasantry war-ridden for 100 years. And, of course, they would know by heart the simple ditties written in honor of their Maid, the savior of France. () iNatlonal teograpnlc society Natural Color Photographs by Gervals Courteiiemont THE HURDY-GURDV PLAYS SWEET MUSIC FOR THE MAID It is not the mechanical street piano of to-day, but a stringed instrument. To vibrate the strings, the right hand turns a crank at the end, setting in motion a resined wheel inside the sound box; the left hand depresses the keys on the fingerboard to stop the strings at diatonic intervals. The hurdy-gurdy is a development of the larger instrument known as organistrum.