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Catalog Number 2013.036.032
Description c. 1916 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder " The Battle Cry of Freedom" by Walter Van Brunt and Choir is cylindrical in shape with a hollow center, made of celluloid plastic, and is blue in color. The outer edges (1/2" each end) are smooth, white the center of the cylinder is rough/ridged. The song title is written in white on one end. The inside is lined with beige plaster of paris and is ribbed.
Object Name Phonograph, Cylinder
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder- The Battle Cry of Freedom
Date c. 1916 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Creator Van Brunt, Walter
Role Artist, Perform
Creator Root, George Frederick
Role Composer
Inscription Text "BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM. W. VAN BRUNT & CHO. Thomas A Edison PAT'D ...13 2904" (written in white around edge of one cylinder end)
Provenance Items from the estate of Edmond Marchais who spent almost all of his 93 year life in Menlo Park. He worked in a machine shop in Redwood City. The phonograph player and cylinders were from his Menlo Park childhood home when he lived with his father (French) and mother (French-Italian) Maurice and Emily Marchais.
Notes 5 pages of notes/research on phonographs was located with phonograph. They are now stored in Curator's Accession Files.
Beginning in 1912 Edison began to make Blue Amberol celluloid cylinders to replace wax cylinders which broke more easily. They were made of celluloid and had plaster of paris inside. Edison manufactured these until the late 1920s.
(4/30/2014): This recording was released in 1916. MP3 recording is available online at: 1=1016&query=battle+cry+of+freedom&num=1&start=3&sortBy=&sortOrder=ia
Dimensions H-4.25 W-2.25 D-2.25 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Van Brunt, Walter
Root, George Frederick
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
People Marchais, Edmond
Van Brunt, Walter
Root, George Frederick