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Catalog Number 2013.036.049
Description Edison Record Case is cylindrical in shape and made of cardboard. The cardboard is colored white on the outside, while the interior is not colored. The tube is open at the top and base. Inside the tube is a slightly shorter cardboard tube with a white fabric lining. The fabric has long, fluffy fibers. The outside of the tube has a white background. The tube has a grey stripe, with gold outline, running horizontally around the top and bottom. The words "Thomas A. Edison" are printed in cursive along the band. All the decoration on the tube lies between the bands. In the center of the tube is the text " EDISON RECORD" in red ink, with a grey outline. The the left of that text is a black and white image of Thomas Edison in an oval border. To the right of the text is a rectangular text box with a gold border, which contains patent information in black and red text.
Object Name Case, Audio Recording
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Record Case
Date c. 1912 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "EDISON / RECORD" (in red print on side); "REGISTERED IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE. MAY 1, 1900." (black print below title); "Form No1330. APRIL, 1906 / COPYRIGHT 1900 BY THE NATIONAL PHONOGRAPH CO., ORAGNE, N.J. U.S.A / TRADE MARK / Thomas A. Edison / REG. U.S. PAT OFF. DEC. 15, 1903" (printed with image); "MADE AND SOLD BY THE . . . / . . . IMMEDIATLEY TERMINATES" (beginning and end of text box)
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 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.
Case used with Blue Amberol Cylinders
Dimensions H-4.375 W-2.5 D-2.5 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
Audiovisual materials
People Marchais, Edmond