Saturday, June 13, 2015

page 13 -- Lothrops & Pinkham, Loring & Blake Organ Company, Smith & Twichell

updated 13 March 2016
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A Google Books reference gives some insight into this business:

"Furnishing Goods Department, Lothrops, Farnum & Co."
(At the time of the photo, "Mr. Farnum is the active partner and manages the entire business.")
It appears the shop was lit by gas, windows and a skylight.
A little more on the evolution of this business from Google Books:



Loring & Blake, Worcester MA
The Palace organ was advertised in Kunkel's Musical Review (archive.org) p.iv v.2 no.2 Oct 1879:


I found the best explanation of the history of this organ manufacturer at Piano Rebuilt:


A Google Image search illustrates the importance of musical instrument restoration and some of the great results achieved by those, such as the Action Piano Co., who restore Loring & Blake "Palace" organs and other great historical instruments:


Want to see a restoration? I was fascinated by this one that I found on YouTube (in 3 parts - Jim Tyler, San Francisco):

part 1
part 2
part 3

In addition to musical instruments, Penfield & West, agents for Blake Organs, sold stereoscope views, many of which are available for purchase online in 2015. Here's a sample from the Diver collection:

"Mer De Glace, Grindelwald"


Meriden CT, since 1868

In July 2011 Google Street View found this at the approximate location of Smith & Twitchell, 29 E. Main St., Meriden CT:




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