A yard filled with steel drums waiting to be made into steel pan instruments in Trinidad

Material Information

A yard filled with steel drums waiting to be made into steel pan instruments in Trinidad
Uniform Title:
The Bryant Slides Collection
The Bryant Slides Collection, Trinidad
Unknown ( Photographer )
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
35 mm


Subjects / Keywords:
Trinidad and Tobago -- Social life and customs
Steel drum (Musical instrument) -- Trinidad and Tobago -- 1960-1970
Drums (Containers) -- Trinidad and Tobago -- 1960-1970
Steel drum (Emblems) -- Trinidad and Tobago -- 1960-1970
Breadfruit -- Trinidad and Tobago
Spatial Coverage:
Trinidad and Tobago -- South America -- Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago -- Caribbean region -- Trinidad


General Note:
The slides were taken on collecting trips sponsored by the William L. Bryant Foundation, where books, music and art indigenous to the regions were gathered. The are organized by geographical location.
General Note:
Steel pan music, which evolved from African drum music, originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 20th century and is often a featured instrument during Carnival. As one of the national emblems of Trinidad and Tobago, steel pans were traditionally made from used steel oil drums or steel containers. The container’s head is concave and the playing surface is divided into convex sections by slants to make the pan's range of sounds. In this image are used steel oil drums, some steel pans with the Shell Oil Company logo and the word "Invaders," painted white metal steel pan stands, and breadfruit trees. One poster is advertising the Shell Invaders Steel Orchestra. Other signs includes phrases such as: "We are the greatest" and "Notice there is to be no unnecessary coasting in the yard." In the background is a woman standing on top of a concrete building's roof with laudry and men standing near the wall. Slide labeled Trin. 16.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Central Florida Libraries
Holding Location:
University of Central Florida
Rights Management:
All rights to images are held by the respective holding institution. This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce images and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections & University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando, FL 32816 phone (407) 823-2576, email:
Resource Identifier:
CFM1972_01a ( Sheet 82:14 )

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