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This is a Play-A-Sax by the Q.R.S. DeVry Corp., Chicago, Illinois.
Patented 1930 by H.O. Drotning Patent #1,752,978 - The toy sax measures 12" with a 2 ¾" diameter horn. The music rolls are perforated and wrap around the front of the sax to play 16 notes through the 16 slotted openings. Put on the music roll on, turn the crank and breathe. The two music roll boxes are labeled Q.R.S. Playasax. One is #P119 "Irish Washerwoman" (the roll is on the toy), and the other is #P101 "Annie Laurie". The rolls were 15¢ each and there were over 150 different song rolls available. The toy is barely used and works very well. There is one on display at the National Museum from Musical Clock to Street Organ, in Utrecht, Holland.
Q.R.S. DeVry Corp. also made a toy clarinet using the same concept called the "Clairola".

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