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Catalog Number 2013.036.045
Description c. 1912 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder case is made of cardboard with blue and orange printed paper on the outside. The design has a blue band at top made by a surrounding strip of blue cardboard. The bottom band is printed on the paper and has solid blue borders and a dotted blue interior. The center band has an orange background with blue text (text is just outlined in blue, center of each letter is the orange background) that reads "EDISON BLUE AMBEROL RECORD". The blue text seems to be off-set, so there is white with the text as well, casting a shadow effect. On each side of the word "Record" are matching "Trade Mark / Thomas A Edison / A PRODUCT OF / THE EDISON / LABORATORIES" logos. The back of the cylinder has an image of Edison with the patent numbers and legal text below. Lists price in the U.S. as 60 cents.
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" (written in blue ink on front); "Trade Mark / Thomas A Edison / A PRODUCT OF / THE EDISON / LABORATORIES" (printed on front on each side of "record")
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.
Dimensions H-4.5 W-2.25 D-2.25 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
Audiovisual materials
People Marchais, Edmond