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Melotrope Perforated Music Strip

Melotrope Perforated Music Strip

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Description

This music strip was made by an undetermined maker in France, around 1888-1892.

It is a Melotrope perforated paper music strip for a mechanical piano player that is placed on top of a keyboard that depresses the keys. It is strip No. 27 - BUCEPHALE (Galop), by L. Dessaux, with a range of 37 notes. This strip is accessioned with Melotrope piano player (Cat. MI.30409.01).

This instrument features U. S. Patent #371422, dated October 11, 1887, by Jules Carpentier for a mechanical keyboard player.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
strip
date made
1888-1892
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1/4 in x 10 in x 4 3/4 in;.635 cm x 25.4 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
MI.304098.01
accession number
62985
catalog number
304098.01
Credit Line
Gift of Carl Hering
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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