|Description||c. 1912 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder case is made of cardboard with blue and orange printed paper on the outside. The design has top and bottom bands with solid blue borders and dotted blue interior. The center band has an orange background with blue text (text is just outlined in blue, center of each letter is the orange background) that reads "EDISON BLUE AMBEROL RECORD". On each side of the word "Record" are matching "Trade Mark / Thomas A Edison / A PRODUCT OF / THE EDISON / LABORATORIES" logos. The back of the cylinder has an image of Edison with the patent numbers and legal text below. Lists price in the U.S. as 60 cents.|
|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.|
|Inscription Text||"EDISON BLUE AMBEROL RECORD" (written in blue ink on front); "3509-125M-418" (in blue ink above image of Edison); "Trade Mark / Thomas A Edison / A PRODUCT OF / THE EDISON / LABORATORIES" (printed on front on each side of "record")|
|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.|
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-4.5 W-2.25 D-2.25 inches|