French Forbes II

French Forbes II is the grandson of the founder of the Forbes Piano and Organ Company. E. E. Forbes (Ernest Erastus) formed the company in 1889 by selling pianos from the back of his horse-drawn carriage. His son oversaw the Birmingham, Alabama, based company during the Great Depression and French II put the company back on track following World War II, a time when pianos were hard to come by until the manufacturers were able to re-establish their production. French’s son, French Forbes III took over as president and oversaw the store until it closed in 2009. 

Interview Date:
March 26, 2003
Job Title:
Former President
Forbes Piano and Organ Company

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