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Wurlitzer Family History
By Art Reblitz

Mechanical Music Press is happy to present a new study of the Wurlitzer
family by Terry Hathaway at this Internet address: 

Several years ago, long-time collector, dealer, and roll recutter Don
Rand inspired Ohio collector Tracy Newman to photograph the gravesites
of Wurlitzer family members interred at Spring Grove Cemetery in the
Cincinnati area.  Recently Don and Tracy have kindly made these photos
available to us.  Terry has combined them with others from the late
Preston Kaufmann and with Wurlitzer family genealogical information,
into a fascinating article detailing the involvement of family members
in the giant Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. and their relationship to each

As is well known, the Wurlitzer company was one of America's largest
retailers and manufacturers of all sorts of musical instruments, from
drums and bugles supplied to the Army during the Civil War, to music
boxes, band instruments, high quality violins, pianos (hand-played
pianos, home player pianos, coin-operated pianos, etc.), orchestrions,
band organs, theatre organs, and later jukeboxes, accordions,
electronic organs, and other instruments.

If you're interested in the family behind the company, we invite you to
this new webpage.  Other sections of the Mechanical Music Press website
also include tabulations of deKleist and Wurlitzer factory records for
coin pianos, orchestrions, and band organs; a study of the Wurlitzer
direct drive gear standard and its development; and detailed histories
and mechanical descriptions of all known Philipps and Wurlitzer
PianOrchestras.  This is the URL for the Mechanical Music Press: 

Art Reblitz

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