As a young boy my husband played with this Xylophone at his grandmothers house.
In the 70's when our children visited her home they went directly to the toy drawer,
and pounded away on it making music.
A few years ago, we "acquired" this instrument into our home.
Complete with song book and the original box.
Our two grandsons have enjoyed their time with it too.
When I was a child in elementary school we had music each day with our teacher, she played an autoharp and sang along with all the children in my classroom.
The 1950's were different.
Today music is rare in a schools.
Programs, budgets, time, rules, and regulations cut out music and arts.
I never did get an auto harp.
It seemed to be fine with me because my girlfriend got one for Christmas.
We use to play school and we always had music time together.
Early music education makes impressions.
My husband, daughter and son all played instruments in band. They grew up with a appreciation for music.
Later our kids played in college band.
I loved watching my teacher bring out the harp, committing time for her students, and structuring the children to look forward to that time.
Although I never learned to play an instrument I always appreciated it.
Maybe this is why I keep holding on to the Xylophone?
Seems a little too nifty to discard.