The Lester Piano Company was a major contributor to the American piano industry during the Golden Age of piano building. Established in 1888 in Philadelphia, Lester built a full line of pianos for decades under several different names including Lester, Leonard, Bellaire, and Betsy Ross. The earlier models of Lester had a reputation of being very good quality instruments. The Lester Piano Company is most famous for their 'Betsy Ross Spinet', a small upright piano manufactured for years after about 1930. It is speculated that the huge success of the Betsy Ross Spinet saved Lester from closing with the Great Depression along with the majority of other American piano manufacturers.