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Catalog Number 2013.036.019
Description c. 1913 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine" by Ada Jones and Billy Murray 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, while the center of the cylinder is rough/ridged. The song title is written on one end. The inside is lined with plaster of paris and is ribbed.
Object Name Phonograph, Cylinder
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder-Come Josephine in My Flying Machine
Date c. 1913 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Creator Jones, Ada & Billy Murray
Role Artist, Perform
Creator Fisher, Fred and Alfred Bryan
Role Composer
Inscription Text "COME JOSEPHONE IN MY FLYING MACHINE. JONES & MURRAY. THOMAS A EDISON PAT'D. 13 1949" (written in white around edge of one cylinder edge)
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.
(4/23/2014): "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine" was written by Fred Fisher (composer) and Alfred Bryan (lyricist). This recording was released in 1913.
Dimensions H-4.125 W-2.25 D-2.25 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Jones, Ada
Murray, Billy
Fisher, Fred
Bryan, Alfred
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
People Marchais, Edmond
Jones, Ada
Murray, Billy
Fisher, Fred
Bryan, Alfrred