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Catalog Number 2013.036.014
Description c. 1913 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder "Dream Melody" by Victor Herbert & His Orchestra 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. This end is perpendicular to the side of the cylinder (the other end slants upwards a bit) . 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- Dream Melody
Date c. 1913 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Creator Hubert, Victor and His Orchestra
Role Artist, Perform
Creator Hubert, Victor
Role Composer
Inscription Text "DREAM MELODY VICTOR HERBERT & HIS ORCHESTRA THOMAS A EDISON PAT'D.7 1775" (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.
(4/16/2014): Other title: "Dream Melody Intermezzo--Naughty Marietta." This recording was released in 1913. MP3 recording is available online at: http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php?queryType=@attr 1=1016&query=dream+melody&num=1&start=2&sortBy=&sortOrder=ia
Dimensions H-4.625 W-2.125 D-2.125 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Hubert, Victor
Phonographs
Music Equipment
Music
Cylinder, Phonograph
Operas
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
Music
Operas & operettas
Orchestras
People Marchais, Edmond
Hubert, Victor