The war strikes the right chord for munitionettes!

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Barnes upright with cast iron sound board

A bit of WWI piano history. In 1914 the outbreak of war silenced the German piano making trade which had dominated production and British piano makers revived.

Especially as working class Londoners suddenly found themselves in the money, particularly from munitions-making.

Disposable income went on curtains, flowers, American rugs and, pianos. Our Barnes upright was made in the Old Kent Road in 1915, and came down to us through Auntie Flo in New Cross, so we probably have a little piece of Great War London social history up there in the study.

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