"Whistling Rufus"

"Whistling Rufus"

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Description (Brief)

This roller organ roll was made by an undetermined maker in the United States, around 1899-1900. It is roll #1116 - "Whistling Rufus," by Kerry Mills. This roll is playable in 20-note roller organs.

This roller organ roll features U. S. Patent #333390, dated July 14, 1885, by Henry B. Morris for a barrel for mechanical musical instruments.

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Object Name
roller organ roll
date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 6 1/4 in x 2 in; 15.875 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
maker number
Credit Line
Gift of Hobert W. and Virginia A. Turner
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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