September in many parts of the world means fall/autumn which, in turn, often means golden leaves. Jude’s also gone with gold for her Life in Colour challenge, so we’ll take a break from our Wyoming trip and concentrate on that. Arizona doesn’t do autumn in the same way as much of the country, but I think I can go archive diving and come up with some gold. Philadelphia does do gold as you can see from this magnificent organ, the largest operational pipe organ in the world, unexpectedly found in Macy’s Department store. Read more about its fascinating and lengthy history by clicking on the highlighted link below as well as listen to it being played, which happens twice a day every day of the week except Sunday and more often during the Christmas season.

In its present configuration, the Wanamaker Organ has 28,482 pipes in 461 ranks.[2] The organ console consists of six manuals with an array of stops and controls that command the organ. The organ’s String Division forms the largest single organ chamber in the world. The instrument features eighty-eight ranks of string pipes built by the W.W. Kimball Company of Chicago.[2] The organ is famed for its orchestra-like sound, coming from pipes that are voiced softer than usual, allowing an unusually rich build-up because of the massing of pipe-tone families. The artistic obligation entailed by the creation of this instrument has always been honored, with two curators employed in its constant and scrupulous care. The organ, with its regular program of concerts and recitals, was maintained by Wanamaker’s throughout the chain’s history, even as the company’s financial fortunes waxed and waned. This level of dedication was maintained when corporate parentage shifted from the Wanamaker family to Carter-Hawley-Hale Stores to Woodward & Lothrop to Lord & Taylor to Macy’s. “Pipe Organs”

Comments
  1. Sue says:

    Well, that’s a good bit of gold from your archive dive!

  2. Dan Antion says:

    That’s an impressive organ.

  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Had no idea this existed – Thank you!
    An experience playing a pipe organ for a year or so greatly inspired me…though it was in NO way comparable to this one!
    For those who want to hear the organ, check out the quintessential organ program, Pipe Dreams here: https://www.pipedreams.org/profile/philadelphia-grand-court-wanamaker

  4. That’s a lotta gold. Pipe organs sound fascinating to me. Not seeing much gold out here in CO, but a few aspen leaves are turning now 😀

  5. Were you in Philadelphia recently? We’ve been a few times, but I think there are many interesting things to see and explore in and around Philly

    • I haven’t been there since Covid started as I’d have to fly now that we live in Arizona. There’s so much to see and lots of history, which I love. One thing our daughter and I did once was to take one of the bus rides (Big Bus or something like that) where you ride all around the city with a narrator pointing out things of interest. It was a blast and you could get on and off at will.

  6. Heyjude says:

    That is one very big golden organ.

  7. JT Twissel says:

    California doesn’t do autumns either. That’s some organ!

  8. What a spectacular organ! I’d like to have a go on it. 😅

  9. Amy says:

    Wow, quite impressive!

  10. I think it will be a long time before we see golden leaves around here too, so I do appreciate this departure and more creative interpretation of the theme! What a cool find, with such a rich history.

  11. Sssoooo …. beautiful. I love the sound of the pipe organ.
    My first experience was at my elementary school church.
    It’s impressive. Great photograph, Janet.
    LOL … I just posted about Macy’s on your other photo.
    Stay Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

  12. WOWZA! I’d love to shop and listen to it being played. It’s beautiful!

  13. Emille says:

    Wow, chili with cinnamon – I would have to get used to that:) That gold colored organ is over the top!
    Emille

  14. Resa says:

    Egads! Or should I say Egoldens!
    They don’t make them like this any more!

  15. Richmond Extra says:

    I took a smoothie after reading this post. 🤭😍🔥 Thankyou

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