Object ID 000683
Object Name Piano roll "President Harding March"
Object Desc This scroll like sheet music is is kept in a black topped, white bottomed box that is roughtly it's same size. The ends are black, and the paper feels similar to parchment paper. Metal loop attaches to piano, and pulls the music for the player.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY000651a-c
General Category History
Category Piano Rolls
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Piano exhibit
Start Year Range
End Year Range
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords piano rolls,player piano,music rolls,
Title Piano roll "President Harding March"
Description This scroll like sheet music is is kept in a black topped, white bottomed box that is roughtly it's same size. The ends are black, and the paper feels similar to parchment paper. Metal loop attaches to piano, and pulls the music for the player.
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details The above are the scroll. The box is 2 inches tall, by 2 inches wide, and is 12.25 inches long.
Place of Origin
Maker Q.R.S. Rolls Inc.
Maker Details Made in the U.S.A. Based in Chicago Ill. QRS was founded in 1900 by Melville Clark (of Story & Clark piano fame) who developed the player piano as we know it today. QRS supplied music rolls to the player piano market, with production peaking in 1927, when QRS Music Company sold 10 million rolls. The player piano''s heyday lasted from 1900 until the Great Depression in the 1930s. The poverty of the Great Depression, along with the development of affordable radios (which started becoming commonplace around 1927) effectively ended player piano production. However, the demand for rolls continued and was reinvigorated in the 1950s when people began restoring old player pianos. QRS remains the only manufacturer of piano rolls in the world today.
Date APR 4,2013
Assessor Hannah Lartz
Notes The bottom of the bottom half of the box is ripped in one corner. The top is damaged around the sides. The scroll is ripped where the metal loop is attached, it was reattached, by whom is uncertain. Otherwsie just discolored.