Magazine article The Tracker

ROBERT HOPE-JONES'S OWN 1890s SCRAPBOOK DISCOVERED!

Magazine article The Tracker

ROBERT HOPE-JONES'S OWN 1890s SCRAPBOOK DISCOVERED!

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ROBERT HOPE-JONES (1859-I9I4), a well known organbuilder of Victorian times, who started work in Birkenhead, went on to join the Wurlitzer Company in America, and earned himself the title "Father of the Theater Organ." He died on September 13, 1914. Coinciding with the centenary of his death comes the following amazing discovery:

A fragile old scrapbook of newspaper cuttings and letters-originally the property of Hope-Jones-was donated by John Candor on June 6, 2014 to the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust's Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, at Eccles, Manchester.

This historic 190 page book was compiled jointly by Hope-Jones' two company secretaries, Arthur Speed and Alfred Foxworthy, and Robert HopeJones himself, who has annotated many of the items.

Mr. Candor has had custody of the book for some years, but it had come down to him from one George Andrews who had worked as an organ builder, possibly for Norman & Beard in Norwich. Hope-Jones left this behind when he emigrated to America in 1903. Indeed, in a letter Hope-Jones wrote while sailing to America he said "I am leaving everything I possess in England so as not to defraud Norman & Beard." We must therefore be thankful that George Andrews preserved it. …

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