Halifax Courier - - The First World War Centenary Week By Week April 2 -

Be­fore World War 1 home en­ter­tain­ment was usu­ally cen­tred on the pi­ano, with the fam­ily and friends singing along. Hal­i­fax had sev­eral pi­ano deal­ers, and Pohlmann’s ad­ver­tise­ments ap­peared reg­u­larly in the Hal­i­fax Courier. Pohlmanns were in ac­tual fact one of the lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of pi­anos in Bri­tain with a fac­tory in Hall Street and re­tail out­lets at var­i­ous times in Com­mer­cial Street and Princess Street. The fam­ily had come to Bri­tain from Han­nover in the 18th cen­tury. There is one claim that dur­ing WW1 Henry Pohlmann would not al­low his fac­tory to be used for mak­ing ammunition. At least two mem­bers of the Pohlmann fam­ily served in the war, one of them (Regi­nald) killed in ac­tion with the Royal Fly­ing Corps in 1918. Sheet mu­sic was very popular

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