Joseph Keller is first listed as “The Keller Piano Company” in Bridgeport, CT in the late 1880s. In 1889, Joseph Keller entered into partnership with his brother, William Keller, establishing the firm of “Keller Brothers” (not to be confused with Keller & Sons). Keller Brothers pianos were immediately successful and quickly became known as a quality, good sounding instrument.
In 1892 Keller Brothers admitted Charles M. Blight to the firm and incorporated as “Keller Brothers & Blight Company”. Keller Bros. & Blight Co. continued to build pianos under the popular and well-established “Keller Brothers” brand name.
In 1896, Keller Bros. & Blight Co. began having financial difficulties and ceased manufacturing operations by 1897. In 1898, Joseph Keller independently purchased all stock and assets of Keller Brothers & Blight Co. and reorganized as “Joseph Keller & Company”. Joseph Keller & Company continued to build pianos under the popular “Keller Brothers” brand name in Bridgeport, CT.
In 1899, Joseph Keller left Bridgeport, CT to join The Van Dyke Piano Manufacturing Company in Scranton, PA. Their firm was reorganized as “Keller & Van Dyke”. Keller & Van Dyke continued building the popular “Keller Brothers” brand name as well as the “Van Dyke” brand name.
W. W. Van Dyke died in 1902 and Joseph Keller withdrew from the firm. Mr. W. N. Van Dyke, son of W. W. Van Dyke, took control of the firm and reorganized as “The Van Dyke Piano Company”. The Van Dyke Piano Company continued to build well-made upright pianos and player pianos and enjoyed modest success.
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