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The famous Rudolph Wurlitzer Company claimed to be sellers of ‘Everything Musical”, a slogan that was quite accurate!  Rudolph Wurlitzer immigrated to America in 1854 and established his first firm in New York City.   Wurlitzer moved to Cincinnati in 1856 and became a successful retailer of pianos, organs and general musical merchandise.  Wurlitzer’s firm was so successful that he built “The House Of Wurlitzer”, a large factory with splendid warerooms, in 1861.  During these early years, Wurlitzer manufactured organs and melodeons, but imported the majority of his other instruments from European makers which were sold under the Wurlitzer label here in America.

The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company was incorporated in 1890 and Wurlitzer’s eldest son, Howard Wurlitzer, was admitted into partnership.  Sons Rudolph H. Wurlitzer and Farny Wurlitzer also joined the firm shortly thereafter.  By the turn-of-the-century Wurlitzer was specializing in some of the first coin-operated player pianos and orchestrions manufactured and sold in the United States.  Rudolph Wurlitzer retired in 1906 and was succeeded by his sons.

By the 1920s, Wurlitzer had an endless array of mechanical musical instruments in addition to their traditional pianos and player pianos. There were several names that were controlled by Wurlitzer by the early 20th Century, including Apollo, Julius Bauer, Melville Clark, De Kalb, Ellwood, Farny, Kingston, Merriam, Strad and Underwood.  After the Great Depression era, Wurlitzer built several lines of spinets, consoles and baby grand pianos well into the 20th Century. The giant Wurlitzer Company continued to build pianos until the 1990s when the Wurlitzer name was sold to the famous Baldwin Piano & Organ Company.

INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA

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Early 20th Century illustrated Wurlitzer sales catalog featuring both “Wurlitzer” and “Apollo” brand of pianos and player pianos.
20th Century Wurlitzer Piano Catalog, circa 1934
Period Advertisements For The Roudolph Wurlitzer Piano Company
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Wurlitzer Nickelodeon Player Piano

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Wurlitzer Queen Anne Baby Grand Piano

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