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Wurlitzer A.P.P. Rollography
By Matthew Caulfield

Following up on Stephen Kent Goodman's response to Mikey Mills in
13.09.10 MMDigest, I want to say that I have been sending Mikey offline
the APP information that I have gathered and that Julie Porter has
sent to me.  I myself never attempted to start an APP rollography
because it is too big a task for me at this late stage in life (I
turned 80 a week ago).  But I agree with Stephen that it is something
that needs to be done and that Mikey has the interest, the energy,
and the youth to do it.

In that connection, I was telling Mikey about the late Californian
and stride piano lover Ed Sprankle, who had amassed much data on
music rolls of various kinds.  Ed died in June of 2003, and his wife
turned his many feet of roll catalogs and other mechanical music
documents over to Bob Billings for making copies available to
interested people.  Bob had possession of the documents from August
2004 to November 2005.  But the response of people wanting copies
(even at the cost of five cents per copy) floored Bob.  So the
collection was returned to Ed's widow, Joan Sprankle.  According to
a message in the 091015 MMD, Ed's daughter Jennifer was auctioning
everything off on eBay.  For more on this subject, see the MMD subject
archives under "Sprankle's."

My question now is, What happened with the eBay auction and where did
Ed Sprankle's documents go?   Probably to the four winds.   For the
present purpose, I would especially like to know, in order to promote
the creation of the APP catalog, who got the Wurlitzer APP catalogs and
documents.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

P.S.: Seabreeze Park gave me a great eightieth birthday present.  The
long-awaited band organ façade debuted on its Verbeeck 165 band organ
for the park's Final Fling weekend, September 7-8, 2013, the last days
before the park closed for the 2013 season.  You can see the band organ
playing in all its new beauty here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGVL_4k0dkw 


(Message sent Wed 11 Sep 2013, 19:57:21 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  A.P.P, Rollography, Wurlitzer

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