The Franklin Piano Company was established in 1887 at West 28th Street in New York City. Franklin marketed their instruments with the Benjamin Franklin logo, although there was never any actual connection with the famous Benjamin Franklin and the firm. The Franklin Piano Company built several lines of upright pianos, grand pianos and player pianos. In the 1920’s, Franklin produced a line of very well-made reproducing player pianos which were often elaborate and relatively expensive. Shortly after the turn of the 20th Century, The Franklin Piano Company was acquired by the large Foster-Armstrong Piano Company. Foster-Armstrong continued to build the Franklin name until about 1933.
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