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Catalog Number 2013.036.041
Description c. 1912 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder case is made of cardboard with blue faux-leather paper on the outside. There is an inner tube that extends about an inch above the outer tube. Outer tube has "Edison" written in gold cursive on one side. The base has a circular insert with blue text "Made and sold by the National Phonograph Co." and contains patents numbers and legal text on the sale and reproduction of the recordings on it.
Object Name Case, Audio Recording
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder Case
Date c. 1912 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Edison" (written in gold cursive on front); "MADE AND / SOLD BY THE / NATIONAL PHONOGRAPH CO. / AT ORANGE, N.J., U.S.A. / PATENTED IN THE UNITED STATES / OCT. 1, 1901, NOV. 11, 1902, NOV. 18, 1902, FEB. 14, 1905, / FEB. 27, 1906, SEPT. 25, 1906, JUNE 4, 1907, MAR. 3, 1908 / OTHER PATENTS PENDING / PATENTED IN GREAT BRTIAN, GERMANY, / FRANCE AND OTHER COUNTRIES." (printed in blue ink on base)
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.
Dimensions H-4.25 W-2.5 D-2.5 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
Audiovisual materials
People Marchais, Edmond