It’s Accordion Patent Day!

by Joey deVilla on January 13, 2006

Dave “Dave’s Picks” Polaschek reminded me via email that today, January 13th, is the anniversary of Anthony Faas’ filing of a first U.S. patent — number 11062 — for accordions, or more accurately, “certain new and useful Improvements in Accordions”.

(The oldest patent for the accordion belongs to Cyrill Demian from Vienna; that one is dated May 1829. I’ll celebrate that day later this year.)

Pictured below are Anthony Faas and the result of his work, approximately 150 years later…


From Faas to Kick Aass! Left: Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, US patent holder for “certain new and useful Improvements in Accordions”. Right: Yours truly rockin’ out at Kick Ass Karaoke. That’s Jeff Kahl holding the mic.

The US Patent site seems to mangle the images of Faas’ patent, so I’ve posted them in an Accordion Patent photo album, which you can view in either album or slideshow format.

I recommend that you celebrate this day with some accordion music. If you don’t have any, give The Decemberists’ The Mariner’s Revenge Song [6.0MB, MP3], one of the big indie rock songs of 2005, a listen.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous January 13, 2006 at 12:35 pm

Love the hat.

Especially nice in this entry

Bruce Johnson January 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Have you ever stopped to LOOK at the date on the photo above– it clearly says JUNE 13, not January!! Apparently someone jotted down “Jun” and they or another misread it as “Jan”. Result – you are all observing the WRONG DAY!!

Oh, and here’s another blogger who noticed the mistake, apparently from looking at your graphic above (since he, in fact, links to it to make his point).

Sue Hyler June 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

My brother and I were both accordian players and still have our faithful Excelsior accordians!

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