Ann Arbor Piano & Organ Company
The Ann Arbor Organ Company was a large, prominent organ manufacturer in the 1880’s and 1890’s. The firm initially built parlor organs and chapel organs, but then added pianos to their product line as the popularity of the organ faded in favor of the piano in the American home.
In 1896, James Clifford Henderson purchased the Ann Arbor Organ Company. J. C. Henderson established a factory in Texas for a short time then moved the firm to Chicago in 1914. J. C. Henderson retired in 1919, and the firm was then taken over by his sons Jack and Jerry Henderson. They continued building instruments under the “Ann Arbor, “Henderson Piano Company” and “Clifford Piano Company” brand names until the Great Depression era.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
Can you find your instrument listed in these antique catalogs?
Ann Arbor Organ Company illustrated sales catalog, circa 1900
Henderson Piano Company advertisement, circa 1910
Ann Arbor Piano Brochure
Ann Arbor Piano Company brochure, circa 1917