Founded in 1880 by Peter Weydig (President) and George Henkelman (Vice President), the firm of Weydig-Henkelman was first located at 133rd & Brown Place, New York City. By the 1920s the firm was located at 402-410 West 14th Street, New York City. The firm built good quality yet affordable pianos under the brand names of Weydig-Henkelman, Whitman, Becker & Sons, and Radi-O-Player, a player piano equipped with a large radio built into the upper portion of the cabinet. Ironically, with the increasing popularity of the radio and phonograph taking place of the American piano market for home entertainment, Whitman/Weydig-Henkelman went out of business in 1926.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
Can you find your instrument listed in these antique catalogs?
Weydig-Henkelman Illustrated Piano Catalog, Circa 1913
Whitman (Weydig Henkelman) Illustrated Piano Catalog, Circa 1921
Early 20 Century Rad-O-Player Advertisment For The Player Piano With The Built In Radio, Circa 1919