Cool Items From The Archives
Nothing beats finding and purchasing a gem of a historical item in an online auction site and that is what we did just recently when the archives acquired an original 1965 Chesbro Music Co. catalog. While the catalog has some wear and tear as you would imagine due to it being over 50 years old, it is in great shape and fills in a gap that existed in our collection.
Among the interesting items in the NAMM Archival Collection are advertisements like this one that echo of a bygone era.
Grinnell Brothers Music House was founded by Ira L. Grinnell in 1879 and was headquartered in Michigan. While this "Cool Item From the Archive" boasts 24 stores with their headquarters in a now designated historic building in Detroit, Michigan, Grinnell Brothers Music House continued to grow to include roughly 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada.
Our good friend, Herschel Green, recently sent in this amazing photo of the W.T. Wallace store front that advertised the sale and rental of pianos, organs, and even Shetland ponies!
The first annual convention and trade show was held in 1902 in the YMCA hall in Baltimore, Maryland. Here is the first show map floor that was released to help visitors find their way around the show.
Dan Del Fiorentino
NAMM was originally formed in 1901 and provided its first trade show the following year. There is little we have in our archives of those early years (perhaps the closing of the headquarters for two years during the Great Depression had something to do with that).