Thomas McKee papers 1890-1933

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Thomas McKee papers, 1890-1933

Thomas McKee papers 1890-1933

Thomas McKee was a citizen of Great Britain who in the 1900s lived in Portland, Oregon and New York City. He received two patents related to automatic player pianos. Though not a musician and apparently unable to read music, in the early 1930s, McKee wrote a book titled utilizing research including materials from Carroll Brent Chilton. This book described how music was inaccessible to those not trained in music and then explained how a new player piano could become a teaching tool for the masses. The book also served as a business perspective designed to present his new designs for the player piano and solicit interest in his designs. His attempts were apparently unsuccessful. The Language of Music

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