My own PHILMONT
2006 PHOTOS, page 12
|The Phillips Mansion
-- Left to Right --
|From: HIGH COUNTRY April 2004, Volume 27 Number 2 The Magazine of the Philmont Staff Association
The Baby Grand Player Piano
In the late 1930's there was only 5 of these in the whole world.
There is a good story in connection with this piano. It was one of the several fine pieces of furniture Mr. Phillips took with him when he gave us the place.
Realizing that he had had the piano built for this room, he came back one day and asked our director at that time - I believe Mr. Huffman - if he would be interested in making a trade.
He said that a coffee table which had been left here had a great deal of sentimental value to Mrs. Phillips, and she wanted to get it back in trade for another piece of furniture. So, we
didn’t ask what the piece of furniture was - we just said it would be all right. In about an hour, a van backed up, and they rolled the piano back in here! Then down at the Ranch Office
a little later, Mr. Phillips was acting a little disturbed about some something, and finally McDuffy, who was the bookkeeper here at the time, asked Mr. Phillips if something was wrong.
He answered, “Well, you had better watch this man, Huffman; I surely wouldn’t trade with him if I were you, because this morning he beat me out of a $7400 piano
for a $10 coffee table.” So that gives you a little insight into the sense of humor of Mr. Phillips.
|View out the Tour Starting area.
Plaque from the 'Philtower' office
building that Mr. Phillips also gave
us to help support the running
of the Ranch.
One of many different ceiling
panels in the breezeway.
Waite Phillips' model ship.
16th Century wooden chest, used
in the Phillips house as a firewood
Portable Office Desk.
. Baby Grand Player Piano
The piano is still kept in tune and is
played a little every day, however
the PLAYER part, would need a
very expensive repair to be
-- It has now been DONE!