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Catalog Number 2013.036.038
Description c. 1913 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder "Uncle Josh Keeps House" comic monologue by Cal Stewart 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, white the center of the cylinder is rough/ridged. The song title is written in white on one end. The inside is lined with dark blue/black plaster of paris and is ribbed.
Object Name Phonograph, Cylinder
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder- Uncle Josh Keeps House
Date c. 1913 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Creator Stewart, Cal
Role Artist, Perform
Inscription Text "UNCLE JOSH KEEPS HOUSE. CAL STEWART. Thomas A Edison PAT'D . 32 1714" (written in white around edge of one cylinder end)
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.
(5/4/2014): Released in 1913. MP3 recording is available online at: http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php?queryType=@attr 1=1016&query=uncle+josh+keeps+house&num=1&start=1&sortBy=&sortOrder=id
Dimensions H-4.25 W-2.25 D-2.25 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Stewart, Cal
Phonographs
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Monologues
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
Monologues
People Marchais, Edmond
Stewart, Cal