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Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Eric in NH, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Eric in NH

    Eric in NH New Member

    Hi folks,
    Can the collective wisdom help me identify these rattles?
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    Any help would be much appreciated,
    Eric in NH
  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

  3. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    They do say "Cuba." And the one appears to feature the image of a cruise ship. Important to remember that, while Americans have long been prohibited from visiting, Cuba is a popular holiday destination for citizens of other countries.

  4. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    They look pretty old, so could date to earlier 50s, when Americans still went freely.
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  5. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    That's a nice pair of maracas!
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  6. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Certainly likely (but Cuba is so poor, perhaps everything there looks old.) Here's some cruise ships for comparison.



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  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    i have one from the 80's...these are older than that.
  8. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    The car in second photo is c. 1955:

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  9. Eric in NH

    Eric in NH New Member

    Thanks for the replies so far. Cuba is carved into each maraca. I Believe my father acquired these in the 50s. I remember them having a prominent spot on the coffee table when I was a kid in the early 70s. They resurfaced today as I am cleaning out my dads house.
  10. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Well, there you go. But -- curious -- why did you post them here if you knew what they were?

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  11. Dawnno

    Dawnno Well-Known Member

    Clearly he wanted a "best answer" vote.
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  12. Eric in NH

    Eric in NH New Member

    Easy, everyone. No hidden intent on my part.

    I don’t know their origin. My family never traveled to Cuba. My dad’s people are all Danes who settled in Detroit and my mom’s are all Germans who made their way in Nebraska. So I am trying to find out if these maracas are genuinely from Cuba.

    My apologies if I failed to frame the inquiry properly. For future reference, does the folks in this forum prefer additional information even if it’s validity is uncertain?

    Thanks for helping this first time poster learn the ropes,
    Eric in NH
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  13. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    No problem, Eric, and welcome. FYI, as a courtesy, we do appreciate all information that is available even if it's incomplete, supposition or rumor.

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  14. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Cuba is wildly popular as a holiday destination for Brits. I'd love to get out there.
  15. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Very popular with the Spanish too.

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  16. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    As Debora said, yes. Just include how you know the things you are certain about & clearly indicate what is just speculative. We tend to get annoyed if someone posts an item professing to know nothing, then tells us they already knew what we spent time researching to find out.

    I see no reason to think the maracas did not originate in Cuba. It's one of those cases of Why would anyone bother to fake them? Maybe a family friend brought them back as a souvenir gift? Or maybe once upon a time someone wanted a pair of maracas & found these somewhere? Think your bigger mystery is how/why they came into your family, not where they first came from.
  17. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Yes...telling us all you know...or what you think you know....right out of the gate..
    Helps us...help you !! :):)
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  18. Eric in NH

    Eric in NH New Member

    Thanks for the replies and course correction.

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