Manufacture Date: Circa 1890
Location: Music Hall
Song Title: Set Down Your Rocking The Boat
The Gavioli 46 Key Organ with Dolle Façade was another instrument created by famous Gavioli et Cie, of Paris, France. This small European fairground organ has an early version of the cardboard-played keyframe system, but the upper portion of the façade, is from a different organ of an unknown origin. There is only 100- 200 or more of its general type that exist worldwide.
The beautifully carved wooden piece above was not original to the organ. This portion of the instrument was later created by Fred Dolle, a Coney Island carousel operator and importer that formerly owned a cake decorating business. The majority of the façade is by him, and his cake decorating experience is obvious. For many years this organ played the song “Barney Goggle” and the happy face was thus named for the song.