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Catalog Number 2013.036.001
Description 1913 Edison Cylinder Phonograph Player with internal speaker is a light brown, stained wooden box with a metal hand crank, with wood handle, on the right side. The front of the box has a metal grate with 9 openings (each about 1" wide), and behind it sits the speaker. The grate is loose at the top and falls forwards depending on the placement of the player arm. The speaker also shifts side to side when the arm is moved. The top of the box is hinged at the back with two hinges, and lifts up. A metal hinge on the left side helps prop the lid open. Once open, the playing apparatus is revealed. It is mostly black painted metal. There is a black, metal grate with two, horizontal openings, behind them is the arm that holds the cylinders in place and plays them. There is an unpainted metal lever in front of the arm, to the left, that can be moved to lock the hand crank. There is also an unpainted metal lever on the arm of the player that releases the arm when in the up position, and allows the arm to slide left and right to remove the cylinder. When in down position, the arm cannot slide. Behind the arm, read "Thomas A. Edison" in gold cursive. On the inside of the lid, at the back, reads "Edison" in gold script. The phonograph has four white feet at base. There is a black metal plaque with silver text that was once attached to the phonograph, but is now loose. Unclear where it came from. There is paper with text glued to bottom.
Object Name Phonograph
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title 1913 Edison Cylinder Phonograph Player
Date 1913
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "EDISON Amberola 30 / MAUFACTURED BY / THOMAS A. EDISON, INC. at Orange, N.J., U.S.A. / PATENTED MAY 31, 1898; NOV. 17, 1903; MAY 22, 1906; / FEB. 28, 1911; NOV.28, 1911; MARCH 11, 1913. / OTHER PATENTS PENDING / THIS MACHINE IS SOLD UPON THE CONDITION THAT IT IS / LICENSED TO BE USED OR VENDED ONLY SO LONG AS THIS / SERIAL NUMBER 13948 IS NOT REMOVED / OR CHANGED..." (on manufacturer's plate); "Thomas A Edison" (in gold cursive, behind playing arm); "Edison" (in gold script on inside of box lid); " EDISON PHONOGRAPGH / MAUFACTURED BY / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. at Orange, N.J., U.S.A. / TRADE MARK / Thomas A Edison / NOTICE . . ." (printed on paper attached 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 5 pages of notes/research on phonographs were located with phonograph. They are now stored in Curator's Accession Files.
Dimensions H-21 W-15.5 D-15.75 inches
Dimension Details when open
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Music Equipment
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
People Marchais, Edmond