Ann Arbor Piano & Organ Company
The Ann Arbor Organ Company was a large, prominent organ manufacturer in the 1880’s and 1890’s. The firm initially built parlor organs and chapel organs, but began to add pianos to their product line as the popularity of the organ begin to wain in favor of the piano in the American home.
In 1896, James Clifford Henderson purchased the Ann Arbor Organ Company. J. C. Henderson established a factory in Texas for a short time then moved the firm to Chicago in 1914. J. C. Henderson retired in 1919, and the firm was then taken over by his sons Jack and Jerry Henderson. They continued building instruments under the “Ann Arbor, “Henderson Piano Company” and “Clifford Piano Company” brand names until the Great Depression era.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
Can you find your instrument listed in these antique catalogs?
Early 20th Century Ann Arbor Organ Company Sales Catalog, Circa about 1900
Early 20th Century Advertisement For The Henderson Piano, Manufacturered By The Ann Arbor Piano & Organ Company, Circa 1910
Ann Arbor Piano Brochure
Early 20th Century Brochure From The Ann Arbor Piano Company, Circa 1917