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The Thompson Piano Company was established in Chicago in 1870.  The original factory was located at 1136 West 14th Street. The firm originally built high quality square pianos, upright pianos, and reed organs.  By the turn of the century, Thompson was absorbed into the larger Steger & Sons Piano Company of Steger, Ill.  Steger & Sons sold the “Thompson” brand name as an affordable alternative to the costlier Steger & Sons brand name while offering good quality.  The Thompson Piano Company also built pianos under the “Cassell” and “Artemis” brand names.  Steger & Sons continued to produce pianos under the Thompson brand name until about 1959.

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Thompson Piano Company Catalog 1920
Thompson Piano Company Sales Catalog, Circa 1920.