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Made by (or for) Pennino Music company. A 1950's advertisement boasted that Penn Ukuleles were "Made with Violin workmanship" and had Mahogany bodies, ebony fretboard, spruce bracing, violin purfling, wide nickel silver frets, Deluxe pegs, large position dots, true scale, warm tone, violin type swelled back, and nine coats of hand rubbed varnish. and all this for a retail price of $16.00
At the time the advertisement was published,
Pennino Music co. was located at:
1106 So. Main st.
Los Angeles, CA
The "Penn" name was also used on Guitars.
In 1973, they moved to Westminster California, south of Los Angeles. For a time, their address was:
Pennino Music Company, Inc.,
6421 Industry Way,
Westminster, CA 92683.
Eventually, Pennino purchased KNOB, a jazz station. KNOB had been the Jazz station for the Los Angeles market for many years, but struggled financially. Eventually its format was changed to a soft Adult Contemporary when purchased by Pennino Music Company. It was a family operation until it was sold in the early 1990s to Raul Alarcon and Spanish Broadcasting System.
Pennino Music was still in business in the mid 80's, and I found reference to a trademark cancellation sent to Pennino Music as late as 1997.
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