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Player Piano Roll Hole Shape
By Jack M. Conway

Art Reblitz asked in 141008 MMDigest if anyone has ever seen a U.S.
Music Co. 88-note piano roll with square holes.  Below is a list of
the United States Music Co. player piano rolls that I have.  The
first column is the roll number.  The second column is the punch
shape.  The third is the title.  The fourth may be a possible date
code.  All rolls are perforated with a round punch except 44416,
which is uses a square or rectangular punch.  I have attached images
of the box and roll label, the punch pattern, and the box.

This leads to other questions.  If you can make out the embossing
on the roll box cover, which appears to be original, it says "Look
for the Bird", with a bird perched on a capital letter V.  Is this
a Vocalstyle box?  Who cut the "Blue Bird" rolls?  Was it QRS?

I hope this is of some help.

Jack M. Conway
Los Angeles, California, USA

    U.S. Music Co. 88-note piano rolls
Roll  Punch   Title                    Date?

39128 Round   Drowsy Waters
39655 Round   Where The Lanterns Glow
40593 Round   When Shall We Meet Again?  420
41038 Round   Red Moon
41384 Round   Midnight Rose
41680 Round   Roses Of Picardy
41735 Round   When It's Night Time In Italy
42224 Round   Nightingale
42253 Round   Kiss Me Good Night
43514 Round   Song Of The Vagabonds
43593 Round   Just A Cottage Small
43868 Round   Valencia                726
44153 Round   The Little White House
44416 Square  Just Another Day Wasted Away  927

 [ US44416 Label

 [ US44416 Leader

 [ US44416 Rectangular slots

 [ US44416 Vocalstyle "Look for the Bird"

(Message sent Fri 10 Oct 2014, 23:09:47 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Hole, Piano, Player, Roll, Shape

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