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In his book, The Fabulous Phonograph, Roland Gelatt states that in 1919 there were nearly 200 phonograph manufacturers in the U.S. Throughout the 1910’s the demand for phonographs and records exceeded supply. Many new companies entered this lucrative field as basic phonographs patents held by Victor, Columbia, and Edison were expiring. Many companies advertised in… Read more »

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EDISON STANDARD PATENT PLATE NOTES by Martin Kauper Over the last few years I’ve noted different types of patent plates used on different models of the Edison Standard. Configurations of the plate changed as needs arose for more information. This is especially true with the introduction of the Model C Standard and after. My understanding… Read more »

Part I: The Michigan Antique Phonograph Society Part II: The California Antique Phonograph Society Part I THE MICHIGAN ANTIQUE SOCIETY  –  A HUMBLE TRIBUTE Offered by Bowen Broock,  M.A.P.S.  Member # 17 with John Hauger   At the Union, Illinois  meet in June, 2013, members of CAPS (the California Antique Phonograph Society), and MAPS (the… Read more »

Often when I get into a conversation with a non-phonograph collector about my hobby, many ask, “If I stumble across something should I buy it for you?” Any collector of antiques knows that, despite good intentions, this is dangerous ground. In the case of antique phonographs, I politely demur – sadly shaking my head and… Read more »

  Aficionados of recorded sound seek out LPs, 45rpm, and/or 78rpm records – as well as the vintage machinery to play them – all of which may be 50-60 years old these days. A somewhat smaller fraternity seeks out records and phonographs dating back a century or more. These antique “talking machines” usually wind up… Read more »

As collectors, we often receive questions from people who have just inherited or purchased an antique phonograph. We hope the following general guidelines will be helpful to new owners. NOTE: You may want to open our Glossary of Terminology in a separate window and refer to it as you read the following: General Guidelines for… Read more »

    Did you ever wonder how sound comes out of a CD or an iPod?  Or what a Grammy Award is modeled after?  It would take an electrical engineer to answer the first question, but the Grammy is simple: it’s a phonograph – -the great-grandfather to all sound reproducing inventions. What exactly is a… Read more »

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AMBEROL: The name for the first four-minute cylinder developed by Edison, 1908-1912. These cylinders are black in color, made of especially hard metallic soap, and were usually sold in green and white containers. (also see BLUE AMBEROL) AMBEROLA: The name denoting Edison’s line of internal-horn cylinder Phonographs, 1909-1929. BACK MOUNT: A term used to describe a… Read more »