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Catalog Number 2013.036.026
Description c. 1913 Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder "The Golden Wedding" by Ada Jones & Len Spencer 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 dark blue plaster of paris and is ribbed. "The Golden Wedding" is a vaudeville sketch performed by Jones & Spencer, with orchestral accompaniment. This issue was released in 1913.
Object Name Phonograph, Cylinder
Collection 3D - Sound Communication Tools & Equipment
Title Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder- The Golden Wedding
Date c. 1913 to late 1920s
Creator Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Creator Jones, Ada
Role Artist, Perform
Creator Spencer, Len
Role Artist, Perform
Inscription Text "THE GOLDEN WEDDING. JONES & SPENCER. THOMAS A EDISON PAT'D.16 1871" (written in white 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.
(4/27/2014): This issue of "The Golden Wedding" is a reissue of a previous recording. MP3 recording is available online at: 1=1016&query=golden+wedding&num=1&start=4&sortBy=&sortOrder=ia
Dimensions H-4.125 W-2.125 D-2.125 inches
Search Terms Marchais, Edmond
Jones, Ada
Spencer, Len
Music Equipment
Cylinder, Phonograph
Subjects Phonographs
Phonograph industry
Vaudeville shows
People Marchais, Edmond
Jones, Ada
Spencer, Len