Includes original mailing envelope with the return address:
Brooklyn Paramount Theatre
Brooklyn, New York
8″ x 10″ Photograph is by Roberts Boston
Photograph is Signed by David Rubinoff with gift inscription to lower left corner
In this photo Rubinoff is holding one of the most precious instruments in the world. A Stradivarius violin, which is insured for $100,000.
Satisfying a life-long ambition, Rubinoff aquired the “Strad” after searching for several years. He had tested many old and valuable violins, placed at his disposal by music dealers and collectors. but none were just right. The Rubinoff-Stradivarius, as it is known, sent him into raptures.
Made in 1731 by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy, the instrument in time passed into the hands of the Romanoffs, the reigning family of Russia until the revolution. It disappeared during that time of stress but turned up later in Paris in the possession of a former Russian prince who had taken the valuable instrument with him when he fled the country.
The violin bears the elaboratly engraved and bejeweled coat of arms of the Romanoff family as well as the identification mark of Stradivari and the date. The instroument is of a deep brownish-red lustre, perfecty formed and developed in all its intricate detail in a manner representative of the best work of the master.
RUBINOFF AND HIS VIOLIN
is a phrase frought with magic in the musical affections of a whole nation, a phrase that radiates sheer tonal enchantment. The silken strains that emanate from Rubinoff’s two-century old Stradivarius, over which he glides with caressing nuances and his unique symphonic interpretations of popular music bring a welcome warmth and vigor to the concert platform. (The People’s Choice) is how the Chicago Herald & Examiner described this electrifying artist.
Rubinoff, the son of poor parents, was born in Russia on September 3, 1897. He had only his natural inclinations and his mother’s devotion to set him on the road to fame. He was five when his mother presented him with a special small-sized violin. Such was his aptitude that within two years he was reguarded as a prodigy.
In Poland, the immortal Victor Herbert saw and heard young Rubinoff, who by then had graduated with highest honor from the Royal Conservatory of Music at Warsaw and was so impressed by the boy violinist took him to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and settled him in his home as his protegee. Through Herbert, Rubinoff met John Phillip Sousa and Will Rogers, who inspired him to devote his talent to the youth of our country. It was Rogers who encouraged him to lecture as well as play “If you get in trouble with that accent of yours” said the cowboy humorist, “Just play that fiddle. It hasn’t got an accent.”
Before long both the Capitol and Paramount Theaters in New York emblazened Rubinoff’s name on their marquees. Rudy Vallee, one of the shrewdest talent scouts of all time realized that radio was the medium that would bring Rubinoff’s talent the audience that deserved. Soon milliions of people were delighting to Rubinoff and his violin on such famed broadcasts as the Chase and Sanborn Hour, the Rexall, the Pebeco, and the Chevrolet programs. It might be noted incidentally that among those who responded to Rubinoff’s baton on these shows were such latterday giants of popular music as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and the late Glenn Miller.
The Chicago Herald & Examiner did not dub Rubinoff The people’s Choice without good reason. Having heard him at an open-air concert in Grand Park that drew the largest audience in the annals of American concerts the Herald & Examiner concluded its front page acclaim by observing (He is a dynamic personality that sets audiences on fire!). George Frazier, Life Magazine’s brilliant entertainment editor echoed this view when he wrote Rubinoff is undoubtedly one of the handful of authentically great showmen now on earth.
Rubinoff also appeared in several films including:
Morning, Noon and Night (1933) – This Betty Boop cartoon, produced by Fleischer Studios and released by Paramount Pictures, includes a segment showing Rubinoff playing the violin
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1933) – Rubinoff appears as himself in this Betty Boop cartoon
Thanks a Million (1935) – Rubinoff appears as himself in this Hollywood film
You Can’t Have Everything (1937) – Rubinoff appears as himself in this Hollywood film