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Catalog Number 2013.036.048
Description Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder Case is cylindrical in shape and made of cardboard. The cardboard is colored blue and grey on the outside, while the interior and underside are not colored. The tube is open at the top, and has a sealed base. The top inch of the case has a band wrapped around it that can be removed. The band sits flush with the outer sleeve. The outer sleeve begins where the band stops (about an inch from the top) and wraps around the main tube. The sleeve reads "EDISON BLUE AMBEROL RECORD" in white lettering with a grey outline on one side, and has a black and white image of Thomas A. Edison on the opposite side. There is a small pinhole in the center of the base. There is also a circular ring of embossed text around the pinhole.
Object Name Case, Audio Recording
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder Case
Date c. 1912 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "EDISON / BLUE AMBEROL / RECORD" (printed in white and grey on side); "FORM 475. DEC. 1913 / TRADE MARK / Thomas A. Edison" (printed in blue ink above and below picture on side); "SEELEY TUBE / NEWARK N.J. / U.S.A. / ANDBOX CO." (embossed/stamped on base)
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-2.375 D-2.375 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
Audiovisual materials
People Marchais, Edmond