Exhibit of the month “Streamline Harmonica”

This harmonica is also new in our collection:
The "Streamline Harmonica" by the Johannes Schunk company from Klingenthal was built around 1935.

Following the spirit of the times, the harmonica manufacturers also opted for streamline design in the 1930s (Hohner e.g. with the Hohner Echo Elite). Many of the elements of the streamlined shape that were actually developed for vehicle and aircraft construction were also adopted as design elements in other areas in which air resistance did not play a role.

The vehicle pictured is probably a Chrysler Airflow that Chrysler manufactured from 1934 to 1937 (Wikipedia). How was it then with the copyright and usage rights?

The Johannes Schunk company was founded in Klingenthal in 1871 and was one of the larger harmonica producers in the "Musikwinkel"*. It survived the global economic crisis quite well and was nationalized in 1960 in what was then the GDR (German Democratic Republic).

* "Today, the towns of Markneukirchen, Erlbach, Klingenthal and Schöneck as well as the smaller municipalities in between in the Saxon Vogtland are referred to as the "Musikwinkel" (music corner). Until the Second World War, this region, together with Schönbach and Graslitz on the Bohemian side, was the global center of musical instrument making. The term Musikwinkel for this area originally goes back to Zwota native poet Max Schmerler, who described it in two publications in 1914 and 1923 as Saxon Musikwinkel". (Translation from Wikipedia)