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Catalog Number 2013.036.016
Description c. 1916 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder "A Country Fiddler at the Telephone" (monologue) by Charles Ross Taggart 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 plaster of paris and is ribbed.
Object Name Phonograph, Cylinder
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder- A Country Fiddler at the Telephone
Date c. 1916 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Creator Taggart, Charles Ross
Role Artist, Perform
Inscription Text "A COUNTRY FIDDLER AT THE TELEPHONE C ROSS TAGGART THOMAS A EDISON PATD.4 4668" (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.
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.
(4/23/2014): "A Country Fiddler at the Telphone" was recorded in 1916. MP3 recording is available online at: http://freemusicarchive.org/genre/Old-Time__Historic/?page=8&sort=artist_name
Dimensions H-4.125 W-2.25 D-2.25 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Taggart, Charles Ross
Phonographs
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Monologues
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
Monologues
People Marchais, Edmond
Taggart, Charles Ross