Johnson Smith Catalog Item #27


This steampunk-style item, the "Rolmonica," is from the 1930s catalog. Blow and crank your way to musical bliss!

Available song rolls after the jump.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 23, 2012
Category: Johnson Smith Catalog, Music, Technology, 1930s

And one must wonder why this didn't catch on!

Growing up the old couple next door had a player piano and I can remember stretching hard to reach the peddles. They (player pianos) actually produced melodious sounds.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/23/12 at 11:57 AM
Paul and his "pocket toys" .. hehehehehe gulp
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 11/23/12 at 02:09 PM
I wonder how many of those are left out there.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/23/12 at 08:23 PM
@Patty : Well most of us are right handed and the "left" does feel different
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 11/23/12 at 08:40 PM
These really should be made again. I can see them taking off, possibly through 3D printing. Seems the rolls would be the challenging part.
Posted by Bengt on 11/24/12 at 12:11 PM
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