Conn 50th Anniversary Sousaphone
Date: 1924. Instrument on display at the Elkhart County Historical Museum. Picture with kind permission of the Elkhart country Historical Museum.
This sousaphone is a commemorative instrument, produced on the 50th anniversary of the Conn company in 1924. It is gold plated with silver highlights. The engraving depicts scenes of Conn's history. The engraving was done by one of Conn's master engravers, Julius Sternberg. It took him three weeks.
Here is a film clip with a close-up of this instrument (with thanks to Ian Church):
This instrument is on display at the Elkhart County Historical Museum, which is located in the Rush Memorial Center at:
304 West Vistula
P.O. Box 434
Bristol, IN 46507
Phone (574) 848-4322
Fax (574) 848-5703
If you ever find yourself in the area of Bristol, Indiana (just of I80/I90) it is well worth the visit. In addition to other Conn instruments, the museum contains many other interesting displays.