|The early 1900s saw a great deal of experimentation in drum design and construction. One model which caught on for a brief time but has long since gone nearly extinct is that of the single head snare drum.
Single head snare drums served several purposes. For one, they were compact in size and were highly portable. A small drum with only one head could easily nest with other smaller drums or be filled with traps and sound effects to be packed and transported to the next gig. Also, single head drums were by their very nature economical since they didn't require as much material to assemble. In some instances, these drums were constructed with less than high end shells and hoops which further reduced production costs.
|In the catalog pages below, most of which date from the 1910s, you will notice some shared artwork. Where these instruments were being manufactured is unknown. Note how adamantly the second Stone & Son catalog states that their single head drums are bought from another manufacturer! Again, this all speaks to the fact that these instruments were popular economical offerings available through a great number of companies during the early 1900s.
Oliver Ditson Wonderbook Number Four - 1910
Excelsior Drum Works - 1911          Photo: VintageDrumGuide.com
Geo. B. Stone & Son Catalog G - ca. 1912
Geo. B. Stone & Son Catalog H - ca. 1915
F. E. Dodge Company - 1907          Photo: VintageDrumGuide.com
Carl Fischer Musical Instrument Co.          Photo: eBay
Acme / Sears, Roebuck, and Co. - 1908          Photo: eBay
Nokes & Nicolai American Drummer No. 6 - ca. 1918
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