Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Folding Reed Organs

I have been cleaning the basement and took some time to examine our two antique folding pump organs. These organs are contained in what seems like a suitcase; however, it unfolds and the box transforms into a reed pump organ. The photo above shows an organ being used during an open air Christmas service in Italy during WW2, December 25, 1943. These organs were important in the spiritual life of not only our troops, but in missionary services, evangelists, and schools.

The one below was made by the Beckwith Company. The Universal Beckwith Folding Organ below was sold by Sears and Roebucks in the early 1900's for $27.50.

We also have a Wurlitzer folding reed organ. Both organs have been reconditioned and produce beautiful music.


Blogger AllenY said...

I recently picked up an old Wurlitzer pump organ (a 3537 I think)and was wondering if you could post a pic of yours. Do you also have any documentation for it? I'm trying to find out what I can about it. Thanks.

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