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Lester
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.
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Lester Piano Company Sales Catalog 1901
Turn-Of-The-Century Lester Piano Catalog, Circa 1901
Lester Piano Company Sales Catalog 1910
Turn-Of-The-Century Lester Piano Catalog, Circa 1910
Lester Piano Company Sales Catalog 1937
19th Century Lester Piano Company Sales Catalog, Circa 1937.
Lester Golden Anniversary Year Price List 1938
Official Lester Piano Company Golden Anniversary Year Price List, Circa 1938
Lester Trade Card
Full color trade card for the Lester Piano Company, circa about 1900
Official Lester Piano Company Golden Anniversary Year Price List, Circa 1938
Lester Trade Card
Full color trade card for the Lester Piano Company, circa about 1900
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