The Mighty Wurlitzer

The theater organ, surprisingly enough, is not an American invention. Credit for its creation must be given to an eccentric Englishman named Robert Hope-Jones, an electrical engineer by profession, who first succeeded in electrifying the organ keyboard and doing away with its clumsy levers and wires. Discouraged by the indifference of traditional organ manufacturers to his revolutionary improvement, in 1903 Hope-Jones came to the United States. In 1907, after a brief association with the Ernest M.

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