Monday, March 16, 2009

Odd Shot looking inside

You don't usually look at it from this angle. Do you know what it is? Inside the piano, of course. Still a bit dusty I'm afraid. As no one in this house does any more than pick out the tune of a new hymn before choir practice, the piano which has been sitting in the same place for about twenty years is heading off to reside with grandchildren who are taking lessons.

It will not be its first trip. The piano was purchased in Chicago by my mother's great uncle Charlie in 1860. (We have the original bill of sale.) After the Civil War it traveled to Kansas where my great-grandfather and Uncle Charlie homesteaded. There are old photos that show it in some of the homes where my grandmother lived in California, and eventually it came to my mother. When my folks moved to a smaller home, we U-hauled it here. Six strong nephews helped to load it.

Note: It's trip to the grandkids' this weekend was put on hold. The six strong nephews were not here to help us load it. Of course, we did not expect them, but the situation here at the house should have allowed us to roll it up a ramp into the truck. It would have worked if we had had a better ramp. Or six strong nephews. We have returned the truck and will plan to recruit some substitute nephews on both ends of the move in a few weeks.

Odd Shots is hosted here. Mr. Linky will show you who is participating this week. Be sure to go see some of them. Odd Shots details are linked in the sidebar. Please leave a comment as well. Mr. Linky is always disappearing on me, though he seems to show his face to everyone else. (And I have learned that the links remain only till the next Linky is posted.)


23 comments:

PERBS said...

I hope you took photos of it at yoru home also for the genrations tht used it! You might want to give the new owners copies of all those photos. They are lucky kids to get that antique.

PERBS said...

One of these days I will learn to check typing before I send. sorry

RuneE said...

An Odd shot with a history - you have treasure worth keeping.

PS We have one from about 1990 - now so out of tune that no one want to play on it.

Babooshka said...

Odd and odd history too. I'm all spooky today.

mrsnesbitt said...

I have a vivid recollection of piano wires........hmmmmmmm! P is for..... or m is for musical influences...yes that's the one. I can feel the words twinkling on the keys! lol!

Aileni said...

The inside of the piano always fascinated me as a child - and my own children when the tuner came - he was a delightful man.

Poopsie aka Blue said...

Very interesting!

Cath said...

I can smell the mustiness. I love a piano and recognised it immediately.

Great idea to photograph the inner workings.

Hilda said...

This brings back memories. When I was a kid, I'd always lift the top off the piano when my mother was playing so I could see the little hammers strike the strings. Even back then, it was the engineering side of it that fascinated me — I learned how to play but never got beyond Grade 2.

Hope it gets to your grandchildren soon. Thank you for this wonderful Odd Shot.

Snapper said...

I love instruments with history. Cheers!

Luke Wiley said...

This piano still looks great inside!

JC said...

Terrific shot of a beautiful antique!

RuneE said...

Me again: I found "him" standing in the middle of the street supported by the fence behind. Probably doing advertising for one of the shops nearby - but which one?

Daryl said...

Funny, mine is also a look inside .. neat shot ..

J.C. said...

It's interesting to learn about the history of this piano. Hope it will continue to serve the family for many years to come!

Sandi McBride said...

There's nothing quite as mellow as the sound from an old piano that's been well kept...
Sandi

becky aka theRAV said...

What a history it has! I posted mine last night but did not link til today. I turned mine into a contest. No winners yet.

raf said...

An odd shot, but a lovely post, Katney. Great to have all that history, memories and music in your family's piano and the promise of plenty more of the same.

PERBS said...

What happened to my name on Mr Linky? I posted 26 seconds after you had it up. I saw my name there as numbr one. . . no wonder almost no one came to visit mine -- my name was removed from your Linky thing. I hate Mr. Linky. . . sigh You can see I posted -- even twice-- but my name on Mr. Linky sure disappeared fast. I checked and it was there just after midnight.

Katney said...

I added you to the Mr. Linky. I don't like Mr. Linky much either, and may discontinue using him if he continues to be problematical. Postie has an Odd Shot post, too, and he usually does a Mr. Linky but doesn't comment. I bet he was here, too.

Katney said...

Oops! Postie did link--he may have done it while I was answering your comment. And I don't know how to remove links.

Mary said...

Great shot! I'd be afraid to look inside mine...too much dust! How neat that you know the history of it.

Liz said...

Gosh, what an amazing history to that piano. And to think it still plays - or is playable! How lovely to have something handed down.