Two men making steel pan instruments in Trinidad

Material Information

Two men making 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
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:
Two steel pan instrument makers are hammering the surfaces of drums to make the range of sound for steel pan instruments. One of the men is hammering a white steel drum, while the other is in the distance near red steel drums. These particular steel pans are made from used steel oil drums. The steel pan, a percussion instrument, originated in Trinidad and Tobago and is one of the country’s national emblems. In the yard are other used steel oil drums, white metal steel pan stands, and many breadfruit trees. In the background are buildings, some made of wood with zinc paneled roofs. There is also a poster advertising the Shell Invaders Steel Orchestra, a steel band active during the 1960s and sponsored by Shell Oil Company. Some of the notices in the yard read as follows: "Notice don't sit stand lean or prop on the stands," "We are the greatest," "Notice absolutely no unnecessary coasting in the yard." Slide labeled Trin. 17

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 82:15 )

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