May 08, 2021
It was July of 1887 in Meriden, Connecticut when William Tremaine, the entrepreneur, created Aeolian Organ & Music Company by combining the sources of several acquisitions starting with Mechanical Orguinette Company of New York and the Automatic Music Paper Company of Boston. Soon after he introduced the “Aeriola,” the self-playing piano/organ hybrid. The success of the company only went up from there.
April 18, 2021
In 1858, Andrew McNally walked into Rand’s printing shop and asked for work. Andrew was born in Armagh, Ireland, and had come to the the United States through New York City in 1857. McNally was also a printer by trade, and with his expertise he quickly went from printer, to foreman, to partner. By 1859, Rand and McNally were running all of the Chicago Tribune's printing. After the Civil War was over, William Henry sold his interest in the Chicago Tribune and focused on his growing business. Rand, McNally and Company was officially incorporated in 1868.