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Listings for Mario Maccaferri's Plastic Instruments (1953-1968)
Compiled from Wholesalers' Catalogs in the
NMM's Musical Instrument Manufacturers' Archive (MIMA)

Compiled by Arian Sheets
Curator of Stringed Instruments


Years For Which Catalogs Are Available

1953
1954
1955
1957
1959

 

1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1966
1967
1968


1953

    Grossman catalog (Cleveland: revised 9-53)

  • Maccaferri Guitar DeLuxe Arched Top (G-40): $39.95 retail
  • Maccaferri Guitar (G-30) (with f-holes): $29.95 retail
  • Islander DeLuxe shown, no price
  • Islander Uke shown, no price
  • Islander Ukette shown, no price
  • Islander Visual Chordmaster shown, no price
    For instruments listed with no price: “For complete information on these items see individual listings under their proper headings.” Note that this revised 9-53 flyer is in a binder with the flyer listed below, revised 9-54

1954

    Grossman catalog (Cleveland: revised 9-54)

  • Islander Baritone with polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $12.95 retail
  • Islander DeLuxe with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $5.95 list and retail; with Chordmaster: $7.15 list, $6.95 retail
  • Islander Uke with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $4.50 list, $3.95 retail; with Chordmaster: $5.70 list, $4.95 retail
  • T.V. Pal Uke with instruction book and felt pick, in box: $2.16 list, $1.98 retail; with Chordmaster: $3.16 list, $2.98 retail
  • Islander Ukette, called junior size, with instruction book and pick, in box: $1.14 list, $1.00 retail
  • Islander Midget (novelty with pin): gross $36.00; $.25 retail each
  • Chordmaster with song book: $1.20 list, $1.00 retail

1955

    Continental catalog No. 55 (Chicago: 1955)

  • Maccaferri Professional Guitar G-40 Arched Top Model: $39.95, with case $45.95
  • Maccaferri Professional Guitar G-30 Flat Top Model (with f-holes): $29.95, with case $35.95
  • Islander Guitar, in three color combinations of mahogany, ivory, and ebony, packed in cases of 6, two of each color: $15.75B
  • T.V. Pal Baritone Uke with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $13.50
  • Islander Baritone with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $12.95 list and retail
  • Gene Autry Professional Six-String Western Guitar with pick, music book, and carrying case (3/4-size, six string, decorated): $12.00D
  • Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar with Automatic Chord Player (36" long, 12" wide, four strings, decorated), with pick and music book in carrying case: $10.00D
  • Islander DeLuxe with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $5.95 retail and list; with Chordmaster $7.15 list, $6.95 retail
  • Islander Uke with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $4.50 list, $4.95 retail; with Chordmaster: $5.70 list, $4.95 retail
  • T.V. Pal Deluxe Ukulele with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $5.40
  • “Davy Crockett Sr.” (length 21"—this is not designated as a uke or junior guitar, but is uke-sized and has four colored strings, decorated): $2.14
  • Jimmy Durante “Hot-Cha-Cha” Uke, full-sized, with instruction book and pick: $2.00D
  • T.V. Pal Uke with instruction book and felt pick, in box: $1.75 list, $1.25 retail; with Chordmaster: $2.75 list, $2.25 retail
  • “Davy Crockett Jr.” (length 15"—this is the size of a ukette, four colored strings, decorated): $1.14
  • T.V. Pal Banjolele, called junior size (round body with soundhole, colored nylon strings): $1.14
  • Islander Ukette, called junior size, for children, with instruction book and pick, in box: $1.14 list, $1.00 retail
  • Islander Midget, novelty with pin: $.25 list and retail
  • Islander Chordmaster: $1.20 list, $1.00 retail

    Volkwein catalog (Pittsburgh)

  • Modern “Bali” uke [made by Harmony from Lustrex, modernist design, ivory-colored top, red-colored back] $4.95
  • Flamingo plastic uke [shown with Arthur Godfrey Uke Player] [no price]
  • Fin-ders plastic uke [plastic, non-Maccaferri] [no price]
  • Islander plastic uke [no price]
  • Arthur Godfrey Uke Player [no price]

1957

    Targ & Dinner catalog (Chicago)

  • Islander Baritone in tapered gray carton: $12.95
  • Islander DeLuxe with polythene bag, song book, and pick, in package: $5.95
  • Islander with Chordmaster, Chordmaster Song book, Instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $5.70; uke only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick an instruction sheet, in box: $1.75
  • Islander Uke Chordmaster boxed with May Singhi Breen book of songs: $1.00B
  • Arthur Godfrey Uke Player (like Chordmaster): $1.00D

1959

    Targ & Dinner catalog (Chicago) [exactly the same as 1957]

  • Islander Baritone in tapered gray carton: $12.95
  • Islander DeLuxe with polythene bag, song book, and pick, in package: $5.95
  • Islander with Chordmaster, Chordmaster Song book, Instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $5.70; uke only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick an instruction sheet, in box: $1.75
  • Islander Uke Chordmaster boxed with May Singhi Breen book of songs: $1.00B
  • Arthur Godfrey Uke Player (like Chordmaster): $1.00D

1960

    Grossman catalog No. 61 (Cleveland: 1960)

  • Islander Guitar with polyethylene bag, in cardboard carrying case: $15.75
  • Romancer Guitar (decorated) with polyethylene bag, instruction book, pick, and neckband, in cardboard carrying case: $12.50B
  • Islander Baritone with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $12.95 list
  • Islander DeLuxe with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $5.95 list; with Chordmaster: $7.15 list
  • Islander Uke with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $4.50 list; with Chordmaster: $5.70 list
  • T.V. Pal Uke with instruction book and felt pick, in box: $1.40 list; with Chordmaster: $2.86 list
  • Islander Ukette, called junior size, with instruction book, in box: $1.14 list
  • Islander Midget, novelty with pin: $36.00 per gross
  • Islander Chordmaster with song book: $1.20 list

    Sorkin catalog No. 60 (New York City)

  • New Islander Baritone Uke with pick and polythene bag (appearance no different than Grossman catalog 9-54): $12.95
  • Islander Combination Offer with Chordmaster, songbook, instruction book, polythene cover, felt pick: $5.70
  • Islander Ukulele: $4.50
  • Emenee Uke with Bandstand Uke Player (like Chordmaster): $4.00(B)
  • Complete Plastic Uke Outfit, boxed with felt pick and instruction book, T.V. Pal shown: $19.50 per dozen, $1.90 each
  • Islander Ukette with box, pick and “cartoon-type” instruction book: $1.15
  • Islander Visual Chordmaster with song book: $1.20

1961

    Continental catalog No. 62 (Chicago: 1961)

  • Islander Baritone Ukulele with polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $12.95
  • T.V. Pal Baritone Ukulele with polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $12.95
  • Islander DeLuxe Ukulele with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $5.95, with Chordmaster $7.15
  • Islander Ukulele with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $4.50, with Chordmaster $5.70
  • T.V. Pal Ukulele with instruction book, felt pick, and box: $1.40
  • Islander Ukette with instruction book, felt pick, and box: $.85
  • Visual Chordmaster with song book: $1.20

1962

    Grossman catalog No. 63 (Cleveland: 1962)

  • Islander Guitar with polyethylene bag, in cardboard carrying case: $16.50B
  • Romancer Guitar (decorated) with polyethylene bag, instruction book, pick, and neckband, in cardboard carrying case: $12.50B
  • T.V. Pal Plastic Baritone Uke with pick and key adjuster, in cardboard carrying case: $12.95
  • Mastro Banjo-Uke (full size, decorated), with instruction book, pick, and decorated carrying case: $6.75
  • Islander Plastic Uke with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box (shows earlier-style uke without “v” motif on head): $4.50; with Chordmaster: $5.70
  • T.V. Pal Plastic Uke with instruction book and pick, in box: $1.40; with Chordmaster: $2.86
  • Islander Ukette, called junior size, with instruction book, in box: $1.14 list
  • Visual Chordmaster with song book: $1.20

    St. Louis Musical Supply catalog No. 62

  • T.V. Pal Baritone Uke: $12.95 list
  • Islander DeLuxe Uke with bag, instruction book, key adjuster, pick: $6.00 list
  • Islander Uke with bag, instruction book, key adjuster, pick, in box: $4.50 list, $3.95 suggested retail
  • T.V. Pal Uke: $1.50 list
  • Islander Ukette: $.90 list
  • Uke Chordmaster with song book: $1.10B

    Targ & Dinner catalog (Chicago)

  • Islander Baritone Ukulele with polythene bag, pick, and key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $13.50
  • Islander with Chordmaster, Chordmaster Song book, Instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $5.70; uke only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick an instruction sheet, in box: $1.50
  • Islander Uke Chordmaster boxed with May Singhi Breen book of songs: $1.00B
  • Bandstand Player (like Chordmaster): $1.00D

1963

    L. W. Hagelin catalog (Minneapolis)

  • T.V. Pal Baritone with bag, pick, and gray carrying carton: $13.50
  • Mastro Banjo-Uke (full size, decorated), with book, pick, and decorated carrying case: $6.75
  • Islander with Chordmaster, song book, instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $5.70; ukulele only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick and instructions, in box: $1.45
  • T.V. Pal ukette in box: $.79
  • Island [sic] Chordmaster with song book: $1.00B

    Targ & Dinner catalog (Chicago)

  • Islander Baritone Ukulele with polythene bag, pick, and key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $13.50
  • Mastro Banjo-Uke (full size, decorated, four different colors of strings), with instruction book, pick, key adjustor, and decorated carrying case: $6.75
  • Islander with Chordmaster, Chordmaster Song book, Instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $5.75; uke only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick an instruction sheet, in box: $1.50
  • Islander Uke Chordmaster boxed with May Singhi Breen book of songs: $1.00B

1964

    Continental catalog 1964-65 (Chicago)

  • Islander Guitar (flat top) with polythene bag and carrying container: $19.95B
  • Islander Baritone Ukulele with polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $12.95
  • Islander Ukulele with polythene bag, felt pick, key adjuster, and instruction book, in box: $4.50, with Chordmaster $5.70
  • T.V. Pal Ukulele with instruction book, felt pick, and box: $1.40
  • Islander Ukette with instruction book, pick, and box: $1.00
  • Visual Chordmaster with song book: $1.20

    L. W. Hagelin catalog (Minneapolis)

  • T.V. Pal Baritone (shown decorated) with bag, pick, and gray carrying carton: $9.75
  • Mastro Banjo-Uke (full size, decorated), with book, pick, and decorated carrying case: $7.15
  • Islander with Chordmaster, song book, instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $6.25; ukulele only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick and instructions, in box: $1.45
  • T.V. Pal ukette in box: $.89
  • Islander Chordmaster with song book: $1.75B

    Targ & Dinner catalog (Chicago)

  • T.V. Pal Baritone Plastic with plastic bag, pick, and key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $13.50
  • Islander Plastic with Chordmaster, Chordmaster Song book, Instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $6.25; uke only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick an instruction sheet, in box: $1.50
  • Islander Uke Chordmaster boxed with May Singhi Breen book of songs: $1.00B

    Wexler catalog (Chicago)

  • Beatle-ist Guitar (30-1/2") shrink-wrapped on colorful card, with 3 colored nylon strings and 3 wound strings, with pick and songbook, $72.90 per box of 6 pieces
  • Beatle Banjo (22") banjo-uke, shrink-wrapped on colorful card, with pick and songbook, $64.80 per box of 6 pieces
  • Beatle Big Beat Bongo (height 6-1/4", heads 6-1/4" and 7-1/4") in colorful display box with simple-to-follow instruction booklet $64.80 per box of 6
  • Beatle Yeah-Yeah Guitar (22") shrink-wrapped on colorful card, with 6 colored nylon strings, with pick and songbook, $64.80 per box of one dozen
  • Beatle Beat Bongo (height 5-1/4", heads 5" and 5-3/4") in colorful display box with simple-to-follow instruction booklet $56.70 per box of 6
  • Beatle Four Pop Guitar (21") shrink-wrapped on colorful card, with 3 colored nylon strings and 1 wound string, with pick and songbook, $32.40 per box of one dozen
  • Beatle Jr. Guitar (14-1/4") shrink-wrapped on colorful card, with 3 colored nylon strings and 1 wound string, with pick and songbook, $32.40 per box of two dozen
  • Beatle Ringo Snare Drum with adjustable steel tripod stand, wood sticks, simple instruction book, and carrying case with handle $27
  • T.V. Pal Baritone Uke with poly bag, pick, and 3-color cardboard carrying case $9.75
  • Mastro Banjo with banjo instruction booklet and decorated carrying case (cardboard) $7.15, $8.85 with chord player
  • Islander Uke only, $4.50; with Visual Chordmaster, Chordmaster Song Book, Islander Instruction book, polythene cover, pick, and key adjuster, $6.25
  • Mastro Uke with easy instruction book and pick, poly-wrapped on 3-color cardboard box, $2.60
  • Mastro TV Uke with easy instruction book and pick, poly-wrapped on 3-color cardboard box, $1.45, $3.20 with Chordmaster
  • Mastro Ukette with instruction book and pick, poly wrapped on 3-color cardboard box, $1.05
  • Beatle Pin-Up Guitar, plastic miniatures with built-in clip and rubber strings, $12 per box of 24, display card of 12 $6.30
  • Visual Chordmaster $1.75

1966

    Targ & Dinner catalog (Chicago)

  • T.V. Pal Baritone Plastic with plastic bag, pick, and key adjuster, in carton for use as carrying case: $10.25
  • Islander Plastic with Chordmaster, Chordmaster Song book, Instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $6.25; uke only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick an instruction sheet, in box: $1.50
  • Islander Uke Chordmaster boxed with May Singhi Breen book of songs: $1.75

1967

    L. W. Hagelin catalog (Minneapolis)

  • T.V. Pal Baritone (shown decorated) with bag, pick, and gray carrying carton: $9.50
  • Islander with Chordmaster, song book, instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $6.25; ukulele only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick and instructions, in box: $1.45
  • T.V. Pal ukette in box: $1.00
  • Islander Chordmaster with song book: $1.50B

1968

    L. W. Hagelin catalog (Minneapolis)

  • Islander with Chordmaster, song book, instruction book, polythene bag, felt pick, and key adjuster: $6.25; ukulele only: $4.50
  • T.V. Pal with pick and instructions, in box: $1.45
  • T.V. Pal ukette in box: $1.00
  • Islander Chordmaster with song book: $1.50B

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