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Howard, R. S.
The R. S. Howard Piano Company (not to be confused with The Howard Piano Company by Baldwin) was established in 1902 in New York City.  The R. S. Howard Piano Company was one of the largest exporters of pianos to Central and South America, a brilliant marketing move that allowed the firm to be internationally successful.
R. S. Howard’ claimed that their pianos were so well made that their instruments would thrive in the harsh climate of Latin America, a claim that must have been true due to their hugely successful export business. Today, instruments by R. S. Howard are often found across Central and South America in remarkably well preserved condition, despite the harsh climate!
In the 1920s, R. S. Howard sold out to The Janssen Piano Company of New York.  Janssen continued to build pianos under the R. S. Howard brand name until just before World War II.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA

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Illustrated Piano Sales Catalog for the R. S. Howard Piano Company, circa 1915
Illustrated Piano Sales Catalog for the R. S. Howard Piano Company