Princess Ingrid of Sweden and Princess Elizabeth and Margaret Rose of York have played it!
Princess Ingrid of Sweden and Princess Elizabeth and Margaret Rose of York have played it! Probably not this particular Minipiano, but you never know. Two quaint little blocks of text advertise these royal piano players on the front of the red Minipiano that used to live at Bethel coffee shop Molten Java.
The Eavestaff compact Minipiano was first made in 1934. Based on the marketing potential of the mentioned princessess I’d estimate that this one was made in the 40s or early 50s at the latest – Princess Elizabeth became Queen of England in 1952, thereby losing her princessness.
This sultry red piano has lived at Molten Java for many moons but had to be left behind in the coffee shop’s big move up to 213 Greenwood Avenue. It now resides at The Mercurial Gallery, thanks to strong friends and family and a Chevy Suburban. A little bit of local yet international history lives on in Greater Danbury.
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