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Catalog Number 2013.036.046
Description Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder Case is cylindrical in shape and made of cardboard. The cardboard is colored blue on the outside, while the interior and underside are not colored. The tube is open at the top, and has a sealed base. About an inch down from the top is an outer sleeve that wraps around the main tube. This sleeve reads "EDISON BLUE AMBEROL RECORD" in white lettering 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, but it is illegible.
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 on side); "TRADE MARK / Thomas A. Edison" (printed in blue ink below picture on side)
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