Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick (Dec, 1940)

Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick

FOUR craftsmen took six months to build a two-inch-square working model of a Steinway grand piano, illustrated at right. Played with a toothpick, it has thirty-six ivory keys and is strung like a full-size instrument. With other objects in the photo —miniature enamel furniture, and a dancing girl’s toe bell from Bombay, India, displayed on a finger —it forms part of a private collection of 28,500 curios from fifty-four countries exhibited recently in San Francisco.

4 comments
  1. Stannous says: March 29, 20078:52 pm

    I collect sterling silver mechanical charms and some of the best are from India and China, made in the 30s.

    I’d love to see the cover story, especially since in the next major naval engagement (Midway, two years later) the ships never came within sight of each other.

  2. Charlie says: March 29, 20078:58 pm

    Sorry, I didn’t scan that one.

  3. piano bench says: August 19, 200811:44 am

    hi,
    Some thing really interesting. Steinway grand piano is more beautiful, and I wondered about its history and its other objects like enamel furniture, and a dancing girl’s toe bell.

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