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Object ID 001768

Object Name Edison Amberola Phonograph

Object Desc Edison Amberola 30 is a cylinder phonograph which played 2-4 minute pieces.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001403

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Phonograph


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 22

Object Date

Start Year Range 1915

End Year Range 1929

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Edison Company,Amberola,cylinder phonographs,phonographs,Edison, Thomas,music,

Title Edison Amberola Phonograph

Description Amberola 30. Introduced 1915. Single spring direct drive motor. Diamond C reproducer. Oak only. Large oak case with curved lid. Large black horn inside attached to Diamond C reproducer. Silver/wood crank handle on right exterior side. Metal tag on inside left of the lid with manufacturer's warranty and edition (30). "Edison" is printed in gold on the inside back of the lid. All parts intact, except for missing needle. Bottom has paper tag, reads" Edison Factory /No. 18/ Form 2430."


Approx Collection Date

Height 13

Length 12

Width 0

Depth 16

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The measurements above refer to the phonograph with lid shut. The following height refers to the phonograph opened: 21"

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker The Edison Company

Maker Details The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison.While other inventors had produced devices that could record sounds, Edison's phonograph was the first to be able to reproduce the recorded sound. His phonograph originally recorded sound onto a tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinder, and could both record and reproduce sounds.The Edison Speaking Phonograph Company was established on January 24, 1878, to exploit the new machine by exhibiting it. The Edison Phonograph Company was formed on October 8, 1887, to market Edison's machine. He continued to release new versions of the phonograph, even when their popularity declined. Edison refused to give up the cylinder, introducing instead the Blue Amberol Record, an unbreakable cylinder with what was arguably the best available sound on a recording at the time.Edison conceded to this reality in 1913 when he announced the manufacture of the Edison Disc Phonograph. continued to make Blue Amberol cylinders until the demise of the company in 1929.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001403

Description Edison Amberola 30 Phonograph


Date MAR 14,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Cassie Coffey

Notes A few chips in the oak case. Some tarnishing on the horn and reprocer. Needle is missing, but phonograph is still functional.


Date MAR 14,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 20 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 9 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 13,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 22 from Room 7, Shelf 20 - automatic entry by admin