Rick Crandall

John Gabel: Immigrant Achieving the American Dream

John Gabel: His personal account of immigrating to America, overcoming great odds; his role creating the gaming machines that fueled the early growth of the Mills Novelty Company (the Klondyke, Monte Carlo, Kalamazoo and The Owl). Then in 1897 he started...
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Private Company Boards of the Year 2016 Named – Pelstar

For more information, contact:  David Shaw, Private Company Director Magazine, 301-963-6162, dshaw@directorsandboards.com  The awards, presented at the Private Company Governance Summit on May 12 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., honor...
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Tuft’s Automatic Crystal Fountain: A Magical Tabletop “Geyser” from 1871

Based on a pneumatic principle by physicist Heron of Alexandria in AD 62, the Automatic Crystal Fountain combines beauty with captivating geyser-like fountain using no apparent motive power.
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The Music of Coinola “O-Roll” Automatic Instruments

“Listen to a selection of O-Roll music played on the Coinola SO – scroll down, click on any tune or sheet music cover” The history of the development of Coinola machines and the O-Roll format can be found at https://www.rickcrandall.net/a-nickel-for-music-in-the-early-1900s-evolution-of-the-american-orchestrion/...
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The complete catalog of all 261 music rolls originally produced for the Encore Banjo, plus all 1800 individual tunes:

Catalog Sorted by Roll Number Catalog Sorted by Composer Alphabetically All 1800 Tunes Sorted Alphabetically Rollography  Notes:                                                               ...
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Little Bear Peak – Bad Boy of the Colorado Fourteeners

This is a pure climbing story because this mountain is a skilled-climbers’ mountain that most recognize as one of the two most difficult of all 57 Colorado fourteeners.
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Operators Coinola O-Roll Rollography

Over 700 of the total 1270 “O” Rolls estimated ever made by QRS, Columbia, Capitol and Clark are catalogued and presented including tune composers.
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Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina Rollography and “Reference Set” Recut Roll Project

The complete catalog of all 933 music rolls ever originally produced by Hupfeld for the Phonoliszt-Violina: Catalog Sorted by Roll Number Catalog Sorted by Composer. Also provided is the catalog of the 268 rolls chosen from over 20 collections and museums...
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Crestone Needle – A Hard Fourteener

Crestone Needle is generally recognized as being in the top 5 in climbing difficulty of all the Colorado 14ers. It is characterized by sustained Class 3 rock climbing (for hours) although on rock that is unusually climber-friendly.
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Emme Levy Crandall January 31, 2001 to August 27, 2015

A Tribute to Emme, Our Australian Terrier, and Her Amazing Life Click the button below to view the story.
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