Did you know we have an online museum? Through our extensive ephemera collection, photos and historical texts, we are able to share nearly 200 years of history that has been locked away in private collections for decades.
Scroll through original sales catalogs, vintage advertising and trade cards for a rare glimpse into the piano & organ industry as it was over a century ago! Search alphabetically through our constantly updated database of ephemera. Our goal is to promote awareness and education of these irreplaceable instruments.
One of the manufacturers we highlight in the Online Museum is Chickering & Sons:
Chickering & Sons (not to be confused with Chickering Brothers) was the first piano manufacturer in America. Chickering quickly became one of the largest and most successful piano manufacturers of all time. The firm was originally established in Boston in 1823 by Jonas Chickering and his partner James Stewart under the name of Stewart & Chickering. From about 1830-1839, Chickering entered into partnership with John Mackay, building instruments under the label of Chickering & Mackay. John Mackay was a sea captain that exported Chickering pianos to South America, and in return, would bring back ships full of sweet smelling rosewood and mahogany for piano building.
For more information on Chickering & Sons as well as much much more, head over to the online museum and take a walk through history. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ONLINE MUSEUM