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Catalog Number 2013.036.050
Description Edison Amberol Record-Four Minute, Case is cylindrical in shape and made of cardboard. The cardboard is colored green, white, and black on the outside, while the base and lips are not colored. The tube is open at the top, and sealed at the base. Inside the tube is a white fabric lining. The fabric has long, fluffy fibers. The top inch of the outside of the tube is dark green. Below this is an outer sleeve. The outer sleeve has a half white, half green background with a black stripe, with gold outline, running horizontally around the top and bottom. The words "Thomas A. Edison" are printed in green cursive along the band. All the decoration on the sleeve is between the bands. In the center of the sleeve is the text " EDISON AMBEROL RECORD FOUR MINUTE" in green ink. To the left of that text is a green-toned image of Thomas Edison in an ornate, gold border. To the right of the text is a rectangular text box with a black border, which contains patent information in green text. There is a small hole at center of base.
Object Name Case, Audio Recording
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Amberol Record-Four Minute, Case
Date c. 1912 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "EDISON / AMBEROL / RECORD / FOUR MINUTE." (in GREEN print on side); "Form No1530. FEBRUARY 20, 1909 / COPYRIGHT 1900 BY THE NATIONAL PHONOGRAPH CO., ORAGNE, N.J. U.S.A / TRADE MARK / Thomas A. Edison " (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-4.25 W-2.5 D-2.5 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
Audiovisual materials
People Marchais, Edmond