A straight-faced clown in severe white makeup begins picking out a tune on an accordion as more people trickle in to watch.
The questions presented by the lower folds in the accordion are economic and social.
There are pictures of pretty young women singing along to a jolly officer on the accordion.
1831, from German Akkordion, from Akkord "musical chord, concord of sounds, be in tune" (cf. Italian accordare "to attune an instrument"); ultimately from same source as English accord (v.), with suffix on analogy of clarion, etc. Invented 1829 by piano-maker Cyrill Demian (1772-1847) of Vienna.