Hello all, Today I visited the original "Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor"
in Portland, Oregon. It is now called "The Original Portland Ice Cream
Parlor and Restaurant."
The place is very much the same as it was many years ago. The coin
operated player piano is still there and in operating condition. The
coin slot accepts quarters. An engraved brass plate on the fall board
reads "Player Piano House - Portland, Oregon." The brand stamped on
the harp reads "Frederick Piano Company - New York".
This piano has a large spoolbox and plays multiple selections on large
rolls. A xylophone is mounted inside also. Some folks would call this
an orchestrion. An ornate leaded glass panel allows viewing of the
inside and mechanism. The manager told me that it was made by an
elderly gentlemen and he hasn't been seen for quite a few years.
A customer told me that another Farrell's still exists in Eugene,
Oregon, but has a different name. It may be called "Oregon Ice Cream
Company," but the customer wasn't sure of the exact name.