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Historic Piano Documents - See the Pictures #2396769
03/11/15 12:09 PM
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A collection of piano and organ (melodian, pump-organ) related documents from the 1800's.

One of my piano tuning customers found a box full of these documents in the attic of her historic home (built early 1800's) in NH, all neatly folded and grouped by year.

I will be scanning and posting many of them as time allows, there are literally hundreds.

I also have these pictures in PSD and PDF formats.

Below are a few examples, watch for many more.
I will be adding comments to many of the pictures.

I like that some of them are signed by the owners of the companies that manufactured the pianos, in the 1800's.

Full size versions of the images can be found here http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/galleries/2396731.html

Or simply click an image below to open the full size version.


This group is from 1879

































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Re: Historic Piano Documents - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World] #2396783
03/11/15 12:51 PM
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That is so cool! I just wish I could read that writing!

Re: Historic Piano Documents - See the Pictures [Re: Tralexer] #2396786
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Originally Posted by Octaves_Up
That is so cool! I just wish I could read that writing!


I find I can read most of them, but not all.

Did you try clicking on the picture to open the full size version?


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Re: Historic Piano Documents - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World] #2396807
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Cool stuff!


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Re: Historic Piano Documents - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World] #2396856
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I wonder if Chadwick ever got paid for his stools?

Great stuff!


Gary
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Re: Historic Piano Documents - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World] #2396885
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Its refreshing to know they had similar problems with benches and "stools" as we have today.


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Re: Historic Piano Documents - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World] #2397375
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How cool! Are they all American makers or any European pianos? How is it that all these documents are toegether - do you know?

JH

Re: Historic Piano Documents - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World] #2408591
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If you look closely at the W.M. Furbush & Sons Invoice from 1879 you will see that they were located at 439 Congress St., Portland Maine.

Kathy and I happen to be in that area checking out a concert venue, so we stopped at ... 439 Congress St., Portland, Maine.

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