Aeolian Pianola Piano Player

Aeolian Pianola Piano Player

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This piano player was made by Aeolian Co. in New York, New York, around 1905. It is a Themodist-Metrostyle player, with 65 felt covered metal fingers. This instrument can accommodate 11-1/4" wide 65 note piano or 65 note Themodist paper rolls. This pianola has a hinged lid to access the spool box to exchange piano rolls, and levers to operate bass and treble accents, tempo, and play/rewind. A sliding panel on the bottom front of the pianola conceals two folding foot pedals used to activate the bellows. The back of the pianola with its 65 felt covered metal fingers is placed above the corresponding keys on a piano, with a lever at the bottom in contact with the piano’s sustain pedal.

Edwin Votey is attributed as the inventor for this instrument. The patent for it 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
ca 1905
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 40 in x 46 in x 18 in; 101.6 cm x 116.84 cm x 45.72 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mills Dean III in memory of Clarence R. Shoemaker
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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