Aeolian Co. Pianola Model Piano Player

Aeolian Co. Pianola Model Piano Player

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This piano player model was made by Aeolian Co. in New York, New York, 1897.

According to the accession paperwork, this instrument was the original pianola model, subsequently manufactured as the first practical pneumatic and marketable piano player. This piano player can accommodate 58 note paper rolls and is pedal operated. Edwin Votey is attributed as the inventor for this instrument. The patent for this pneumatic piano attachment, or pianola, was originally filed in 1897 and then renewed in 1900. U.S. Patent #650285, dated May 22, 1900.

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Object Name
piano player
date made
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 45 1/2 in x 44 in x 23 in; 115.57 cm x 111.76 cm x 58.42 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of The Aeolian Company
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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