Do I Own a Stencil Organ?
Although the overwhelming number of pump organs built in this
country bore the real manufacturer’s name, some did not. It was common for pump
organ manufacturers to build organs for other pump organ companies as well as other businesses – like
music stores were called music stores they there called music emporiums. These emporiums sold all things musical, from sheet
music, banjos, harmonicas, along with pump organs.
It was also
common for these emporiums to have their own line of pump organs, but in name only.
emporiums would purchase several organs from a pump organ
manufacturer and instead of the manufacturer putting their own name (label) on the organ they would
stencil on whatever name the customer wanted. These organs were known in the industry as “stencil
would call this practice “private labeling.” Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult, if not impossible,
to determine just who these mystery businesses were, because all we can go
by is the name that appears on the organ.