|Object Name||Toy, Musical|
|Common Name||Toy, Piano|
|Maker||A. Schoenhut Company|
|Dimensions||H-5.25 W-5 D-4.75 inches|
|Description||This is a small wooden toy upright piano that features painted cupids and scrollwork on the front. The piano has four keys.|
This piano was given to the donor as a Christmas gift in 1900.
Albert Schoenhut (1848-1912), a German immigrant and third generation toy maker, lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He made advances in toy pianos while working for Wanamaker's Department Store. In 1872, he left Wanamaker's to open his own small shop where he expanded his product line to include other musical instruments as well as toys such as dolls, soldiers, boats, dollhouses, and doll furniture. His most popular item came in 1903 when the "Humpty Dumpty Circus" was introduced. This lines of toys featured clowns, circus tents, circus wagons, performers, and a wide range of animals. These toys were popular nationally and internationally. The A. Schoenhut Company created these circus toys until 1935 when the company declared bankruptcy.
|Collection||Alga Savage Lively Collection|
A. Schoenhut Company
Lively, Alga Savage
|Physical Holder||Kentucky Historical Society - KHS|