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Catalog Number 2013.036.004
Description c. 1913 to late 1920s Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder "I wish that you belonged to me" by Ada Jones and Billy Murray 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. This cylinder plays.
Object Name Phonograph, Cylinder
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder-I Wish That You Belonged to Me
Date c. 1913 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Creator Jones, Ada & Billy Murray
Role Artist
Creator Browne, Raymond A.
Role Composer
Inscription Text "I WISH THAT YOU BELONGED TO ME. JONES AND MURRAY THOMAS A EDISON PAT'D. 42 2069" (written 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.
(4/6/2014): This recording was released in 1913. MP3 recording is available online at: 1=1016&query=i+wish+that+you+belonged+to+me&num=1&start=1&sortBy=&sortOrder=id
Dimensions H-4.25 W-2.25 D-2.25 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Jones, Ada
Murray, Billy
Browne, Raymond A.
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
People Marchais, Edmond
Jones, Ada
Murray, Billy
Browne, Raymond A.