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Sohmer & Co. Records, Series XIII: Miscellaneous Records, 1894-1983

Collectors:
Sohmer & Company
Subject:
Sohmer, Harry J. Jr
Schlink, F. J
Smith, Robert L
Baldwin Piano Company
Consumers' Research
Consumers Union
Lake Placid Club
Consumers' Research
Physical description:
0.5 cubic feet
Type:
Brochures
Correspondence
Bulletins
Reports
Posters
Prints
Place:
New York
Lake Placid, NY
Date:
1894
1894-1933
1894-1983
1930-1950
Summary:
Wide variety of materials. "Consumers' Research" contains bulletins produced by this organization, 1948-1963. These bulletins with other enclosures or attachments are relevant to the topics discussed in the letters and correspondence between representatives of Sohmer, "Consumers' Research," and Consumers Union, 1941-1963. The correspondence between Harry J. Sohmer, Jr., and F.J. Schlink of "Consumers' Research" August 13, 1941-February 24, 1942, reveals that the Baldwin Piano Co. illegally used "Consumers' Research" in their advertising and drew misleading comparisons between pianos. Ironically, the correspondence of May 7 and 9, 1963, between Robert L. Smith of Consumers Union and Harry J. Sohmer, Jr., reveals the unsubstantiated accusation that Sohmer was using the 1941 "Consumers' Research" reports to promote sales. Harry Sohmer denied this, insisting that he did not possess a copy of this report and closed by asking for one. The brochures of the Lake Placid Club in New York were probably collected for advertising purposes. The club was a customer of Sohmer & Co., and the company often included the club's name in its brochures for the promotion of Sohmer pianos. The piano examinations of 1961-1962 are appraisal reports of pianos of various brand names. The report describes the piano, defines or diagnoses the main problem with it, and indicates a price for repairing it. Information about school pianos includes letters with construction and sound quality specifications, and a handbook entitled "Wood Colors and Kinds."
Topic:
Piano Examinations
Advertising
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