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Swedish accordion catalog from 1919 on CD
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Feb 29, 2012
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Here is a CD facsimile of a real rarity: an accordion (and harmonica) catalog from AB. Nordiska Musikaffären, Sweden.



Click on any picture above to view a slightly larger version of it or click here for a full size scan of one of the pages if you want to see the image quality and resolution from the CD.


Key data

Short title:Katalog No 26
Publisher:AB. Nordiska Musikaffären

CD edition:
No. of scans:58
Resolution:180 dpi
Ebook size:33.2 MB
Order code:Nordiska26
Price:USD 13.95

Physical description of the original

The size is 21.7 cm height and 14.2 cm width.

The 40 numbered pages are printed on fairly regular glossy paper. 22 pages have colour pictures, the rest are in black-and-white.

The cover is made from grayish-beige cardboard and printed dark blue, red and yellow on outside only.

The catalog is center-bound with two staples.

My copy of the catalog has two additional papers inlaid: a handwritten note with a German address and a four page 1920 price list pritned on yellow paper.


Most of the catalog is dedicated to accordions. Towards the end there are some pages with harmonicas and blow accordions as well.

The accordion section lists 56 models with 30 illustrations (mostly in colour). There are one-, two- and three-row diatonic (melodeons) and three-, four- and five-row chromatic button accordions but no piano accordions.
  Most of the accordions are from Gera, Germany which was regarded as the center for quality accordion manufacture at that time. In addition there are some Swedish and a few Italian made models as well as some cheaper instruments that seem to be generic Markneukirchen/Klingenthal poducts.
  Accordion brand names include Nordiska's own house brand "NM," "H.B., " "Societa L'Armonica Stradella" and "Thalia Accordeon."

The harmonica section lists seven models, all with black and white illustrations. Six of the models are identifiable as Hohner instruments and I'm pretty sure the seventh is a Hohner too. There are two models I have never come across in any other sources: a tremolo harmonica called "Two Step" (ctalog no. 255 1/2) and an concert octave harmonica called "Künstler's Ideal" (catalog no. 1929.

The blow accordion page lists three models, all with black and white illustrations. Two of them are Hohner "Hohnertte" models (a Hohnerette 2 and a Hohnerette 7 - another Hohner instrument that I haven't found anywhere else), the third is an unbranded generic blow accordion.

Brand names
Accordion brands include Nordiska's own "NM" house brand, H.B. brand Gera accordions and Stradella. The harmonicas and blow accordions are either Hohner or unbranded.

Ebook condition

I have chosen a double editing standard for this catalog. The cover and the inlays are presented as facsimiles with only minor editing while the pages have been extensively cleaned up.

Some of the pages in the catalog have pencilmarks. I was really in doubt whether I should edit them out or not and in the end I chose to do both. That is, the main files for the pages have had them removed but I have also included alternative scans with the pencil marks left in place and even enhanced for added clarity. When it comes to the price list and the (back) cover, however, I have chosen to just present them as they are in my copy. Editing these would have rbeen rather pointless and equired a tremendous amount of work.


The CD presents the catalog in a choice of three different formats: high resolution (180 dpi) JPEG scans for maximum quality, HTML format allowing you to leaf through the scans as if it was a paper book and PDF format for quick reference with all pages in a single document. It is readable on any reasonably modern computer with a CD drive.

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Copyright issues

The item offered for sale is a CD with a digital reproduction of an antique print. The copyrights for the original have expired and it is now in the public domain.

The copyrights for the scans and the editorial content of the ebook is held by me - © 2007-2010 Frank Nordberg.
  The buyer of the CD is granted permission to use the content for his/her own pleasure and work but not to redistribute without explicit permission, except under some conditions specified in the copyrights file included on the CD and available from me on request.

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