American Fotoplayer – Musical Instrument for Silent Movies
August 25, 2012
The American Fotoplayer is a type of photoplayer (automatic mechanical orchestra) developed by the American Fotoplayer Company between the years of 1910 and 1928. The Fotoplayer is a type of player piano specifically developed to provide music and sound effects for silent movies.
Approximately 8,000 to 10,000 photoplayers were produced during the boom era of silent films, between 1910 and 1928. The popularity of the photoplayer sharply declined in the mid-1920s as silent films were replaced by sound films, and few machines still exist today.
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