In 1901, the Melville Clark Piano Company introduced the Apollo line of pianos and player pianos (not to be confused with the Japanese brand “Apollo” from the mid 20th Century). Melville Clark was an inventor and innovator, and these Apollo instruments were built as high quality, advanced instruments for their time. Apollo built pianos and player pianos under the names of Apollo, Art-Apollo and Apollophone (a player piano with a built in phonograph). In the 1920s, the famous Rudolph Wurlitzer Company gained control of both Melville Clark and Apollo, and they continued to build the Apollo line of pianos until the World War 2 era.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
Can you find your instrument listed in these antique catalogs?
Apollo Player Piano Catalog, Circa 1915, Featuring The Apollophone Player Piano/Phonograph Combination
Early 20th Century Illustrated Wurlitzer sales catalog featuring both “Wurlitzer” and “Apollo” brand of pianos and player pianos.
Typical early 20th Century advertisements for the Apollo brand pianos and player pianos