|Description||c. 1915 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder "Ever of Thee I'm Fondly Dreaming" by Elizabeth Spencer and Thomas Chalmers 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 dark blue plaster of paris and is ribbed.|
|Object Name||Phonograph, Cylinder|
|Collection||3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment|
|Title||Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder- Ever of Thee I'm Fondly Dreaming|
|Date||c. 1915 to late 1920s|
|Creator||Thomas A. Edison, Inc.|
|Creator||Spencer, Elizabeth and Thomas Chalmers|
|Creator||Hall, Foley and George Linley|
|Inscription Text||"EVER OF THEE I'M FONDLY DREAMING. ELIZ. SPENCER & T. CHALMERS THOMAS A EDISON PAT'D.3 2675" (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.|
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.
(4/27/2014): Released in 1915, "Ever of Thee I'm Fondly Dreaming" was written by Foley Hall (composer) and George Linley (lyricist). MP3 recording is available online at: http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php?queryType=@attr 1=1016&query=ever+of+thee&num=1&start=3&sortBy=&sortOrder=ia
|Dimensions||H-4.125 W-2.125 D-2.125 inches|