C.F. Zimmermann Co. - Autoharp Catalog circa 1890
In the late nineteen century, entertainment for the family
centered around the parlour or sitting room. The more affluent
family might entertain themselves with songs around the piano.
Families with lesser means and less space became enamored of
the zither and its variants. In 1882 C.F. Zimmermann of Dolgeville
N.Y. patented the autoharp a mechanized zither with bars that
created chords for accompaniment. Special music was available
with notation for the autoharp. This 11 page catalog entitled
"The autoharp and how it captured the family" detailed
the models and the selection process. This die cut booklet is
approximately 4 5/8" x 6 3/4". It has some stains and
the lower third of the spine has split.. (Stock number 005AutoharpCat)
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