Nor-Cos Pocket Organ Player Harmonica

Nor-Cos Pocket Organ Player Harmonica

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Description (Brief)

This harmonica was made by the Nor-Cos Corporation in Easton, Maryland, about 1954. It is a Pocket Player model with a built in harmonica with 16 single holes and 32 reeds, and plays a perforated paper roll. This harmonica and outer case are made of red molded plastic. The outer case has a mouth piece, 2 sprockets, and two 2 handles. Accessioned with original storage box, 3 song rolls, and a sheet of instructions. It is cast:


This harmonic features U.S. Patent #2694333, dated November 16, 1954, by Vincent A. Costello assignor to the Nor-Cos Corporation.

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Object Name
date made
ca 1954
Pla-rola Corporation
place made
United States: Maryland, Easton
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 6 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 15.875 cm x 9.525 cm x 6.35 cm
harmonica: 2 1/2 in x 6 3/8 in x 4 1/8 in; 6.35 cm x 16.1925 cm x 10.4775 cm
roll: 4 9/16 in x 15/16 in; 11.58875 cm x 2.38125 cm
box: 3 1/8 in x 7 in x 4 3/4 in; 7.9375 cm x 17.78 cm x 12.065 cm
leaflet: 8 9/16 in x 4 1/16 in; 21.74875 cm x 10.31875 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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