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Manufactured by:
Steinway & Sons, American, founded 1853  Search this
Used by:
Thom Bell, Jamaican American, born 1943  Search this
Subject of:
Philadelphia International Records, American, 1971 - 2001  Search this
wood with metal, cabled yarn and paint
H x W x D: 52 3/16 × 62 1/16 × 27 1/2 in. (132.6 × 157.6 × 69.9 cm)
upright pianos
Place used:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1900
An aqua blue painted upright piano used by producer and arranger Thom Bell in his office at Philadelphia International Records. The lid of the piano is hinged and can open to reveal the frame, hammer rail and hammers. At the top of the frame in the upper left corner on raised text with black paint is “STEINWAY & SONS NEW YORK HAMBURG.” On the frame back near the manufacturer’s name is the serial number in black text “96711.” (year: 1900) The top front panel of the piano is cut out with rectangle and is ridged with scalloped edges. Stylized curved upper front side board are on either side of the front. The piano has a fall board that opens to reveal the keyboard. The keyboard is caped on either side with side arms. Attached to the bottom right of the keyboard is a drawer slide on a vinyl covered wood arm. The front legs of the piano feature curved and ribbed detailing. The piano rests on four caster wheels. The bottom front panel can be opened. The back of piano features a metal screen on the top and bottom halves.
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Composers (Musicians)  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Legendary producer Thom Bell
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture