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Steinway & Sons Piano

Steinway Piano Advertisement circa 1866
Steinway Piano Advertisement circa 1866

Historical Context

Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg had been making pianos in his home town of Seesen, Germany since the 1820s before he emigrated to America and founded his company with his sons in Manhattan, New York. He received his first patent in 1857 and another 138 followed. The family anglicized their name from Steinweg to Steinway in 1864.

Since then the Steinway grand piano has dominated the high end of the piano market. Famous Steinway pianos include the 300,000th made for The White House in Washington and John Lennon's upright piano on which he composed "Imagine". It was sold for 1.6 million pounds to George Michael in 2000.

Photo Info

Location taken: New York City, New York, USA

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  • 1853-03-05 Piano company Steinway & Sons founded by Heinrich Steinweg (later Henry Steinway) in New York City

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