Clippings: Jo-Jazz Banjo Drum Device (1918)

I found this odd clipping in a 1918 issue of "Music Trades" which can be looked up (and looked at) on Google Books for free.

This is a simple idea, for sure -- some spring-loaded wires to simulate a snare sound on your banjo head, which can easily be "thumbed off" so you don't have an annoying thwack every time you hit a chord.

My thought: I wonder how well it worked, considering I've never seen one in the many tenor banjo cases that've come through the shop. I'd love to hear it!