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Klemm

The Firm of Klemm and Brothers had a long-standing history as a music store and dealer in musical instruments in Philadelphia.  The Klemm family were German Moravians and had been long established in East Prussia as musical instrument makers prior to their arrival in the United States sometime berore 1816.  In 1819, Frederick A. and Johann G. Klemm opened up a music store at 1 North 4th Street in Philadelphia.  The firm continued in business at various address’s for almost 80 years.

Klemm, Edward M.

Klemm, Frederick August (1795-1876)

Klemm, George M.

Klemm, John George

Frederick A. Klemm came to Philadelphia in 1811 and filed immigration papers on 24 September 1816. John G. Klemm cane over in 1819 and filed immigration papers on 7 June 1824.  An advertisement placed in the Philadelphia Gazette 14 May 1823 stated: J.G. Klemm of the late firm of Klemm & Bros. reopened a store…musical instruments, etc. from the manufactory of G. and A. Klemm in Germany…having purchased from Messrs Bacon and Hart their entire stock of music plates, he intends carrying on…printing and publishing music.  In 1839, F. A. Klemm is listed in the directories at 3 city row separate from Klemm & Bros.. Also in 1864, a George M. Klemm is listed at 124 N. 13.  This name does not appear in the directories again.

The following information was taken from Philadelphia city directories:

Klemm & Bros 1819 - 22 Imp. of all kinds of music 1 N. 4th
Klemm, J. G. 1824 Musical Instrument Maker 3 S. 3rd Street
Klemm, J. G. 1825 Painoft. Warehouse 247 1/2 High
Klemm, J. G. 1828 - 31 Painoft. Warehouse 287 1/2 High
Klemm & Bro. (J.G. & F.A.) 1833 - 37 Piano & Music Warehouse 287 1/2 High
Klemm & Bros. 1838 Manuf. & Importer of Kent Bugles, Key and Valve Trumpets 287 Market
Klemm & Bros. 1839 - 41 Importers of Musical Instruments 287 1/2 High
Klemm & Bro. 1842 - 43 Importers of Musical Instruments 287 1/2 High
Klemm & Bro. 1844 - 53 Importers of Musical Instruments 275 High
Klemm & Bro. 1854 - 57 Importers of Musical Instruments 275 Market
Klemm & Bro. 1858 - 59 Importers of Musical Instruments 705 Market
Klemm & Bro. 1860 - 61 Musical Instruments 705 Market
Klemm & Bro(J.G., F.A., & E.M.) 1862 Musical Instruments 705 Market
Klemm & Bro(J.G. & F.A) 1863 - 67 Musical Instruments 705 Market
Klemm & Bro.(J.G.,F.A.,& E.M.) 1868 - 79 Musical Instruments 705 Market
Klemm & Bro. (E.M. & J.G.) 1880 - 97 Musical Instruments 227 S. 6th

 

 

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