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Edison Standard Model A, Early Square Top

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Introduced in March 1898. This early model known as the "Square Top Standard" sports an early automatic reproducer and probably dates before 1900 when the more familiar "new style" cabinet was introduced with the more familiar rounded case with domed lid. It cost about $20. It plays two minute cylinders.


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Edison Gem Model D

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Description

The Gem was introduced in 1899. This model D dates from about 1908. This combination machine has a model K reproducer which can be alternated to play both two and four minute records. It sold for $15 in this configuration.


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Edison Fireside Model A, Sn. 1941

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Description

Introduced in July 1909 this particular machine is very early based on the low serial number and pin striped bed plate which is rarely seen.


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Edison Fireside Model A, Sn. 44181

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The high serial number and more common indicates that this is a later issue machine but with the standard red Fireside horn probably left the factory in 1911 or 1912.


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Edison Home Model B Sn. 241339

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The Model B came out in October 1905. Usually found with a banner front, this one may have been re-cased later and was upgraded with the cygnet horn and large carriage accommodate the model O and later the Diamond B reproducer.


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Edison Home Model D Sn. 387841D

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Description

The Model D was introduced in October 1908 and played 2&4 minute records with accompanying Models C & H reproducers.


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Edison Triumph Model A

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Description

Introduced in the Spring of 1901 and offered in this banner front case probably until about July 1906 when it was replaced with the Model B.


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Edison Triumph Model E

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Description

The Model E Triumph was introduced in September 1910. It has a triple spring motor and the model O two and four minute reproducer fitted into a new large carrier arm carrying the reproducer across the top of the mandrel instead of at a 45 degree angle as the earlier models had. It sold for $65 with the black metal 11 panel cygnet horn as shown here. The optional oak music master horn would have increased the price by $10, to $75.


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Edison Ideal

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Essentially a heavily embellished Triumph, the Ideal was introduced in October 1907 at a whopping $125. The name was changed to Idelia within a couple of months to address with trademark issues. It could be upgraded with two/four minute gearing starting in 1908 and with the large carrier arm and O reproducer after September 1910. A cygnet horn would have also been available from 1908. The owner of this machine however opted to upgrade to the two and four minute gearing and large carrier arm but kept the original straight Ideal horn and crane.


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Edison Opera

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Description

The Opera was introduced in late 1911. This was the top of the line Edison horned phonograph of the time. It sold for $100 with the matching mahogany music master horn, was fitted with a moldel L saphire reproducer for paying four minute wax amberol records or later the Model A diamond reproducer for the celluloid blue amberol cylinders. It could not play two minute records.


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Edison School Phonograph

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Description

Released in December 1912 at $75 and available through 1914 for School usage, the school machine sold in very small numbers and is sought after today.


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Edison Amberola 1A, First style in Oak

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Description

Introduced in December 1909 this one has some special non-standard features like the gently closing lid support and spiral crank, most likely not coming from the factory.


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Edison Amberola 1A First style in Mahogany

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Description

The Amberola 1A, first 500 or so in this cabinet with Lyre grill came out in 1909 priced at a whopping $200!


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Edison Amberola 1A, Second Style in Oak

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Description

This second cabinet style with the first version of the Rococo grill appeared in 1910.


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Edison Amberola 1A, Third Style in Oak

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Description

Note that this third style cabinet, very late, has a gun metal finish on the mandrel instead of being oxidized. This is very unusual.


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Edison Amberola III

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Description

Introduced in August 1912. Like the Amberola 1B above, it would have been offered first with the model L and later the diamond A reproducer. Priced at $125.


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Edison A150 in Oak

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One of the first of the "new Edison disc phonographs" introduced in about April 1914 at a price of $150, this was the only disc phonograph carry the oxidised bronze diamond disc reproducer. It utilised the same cabinet as the Amberola III cylinder machine.


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Edison A250 in Mahogany Circa 1912-1912

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The A250 cost $250 new in 1912. This one in mahogany has various features which indicate it was one of the last of the run, probably manufactured in late 1914. About 10,000 of these were made.


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Edison A300 "New Renaissance"

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Introduced in late 1912, this is one of the first Edison disc phonographs, probably one of th first 25 of the type made. It was fitted into the cabinet of the Amberola I. It sold for a whopping $300 in 1912. Some interesting things about this machine: The cabinet was fitted for an Amberola I mechanism and according to Edison factory memos was retrofitted to accomodate the "new disc mechanism". The bottom record drawer was designed to fit 12 inch diamond disc records even though except for sample records and the much later Edison long play records, (1926), Edison never produced a 12 inch disc. Howeve in late 1912 it was anticipated that they would market 12 inch discs.


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Edison W250 William & Mary

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Description

Introduced in 1916, based on serial number, this was produced in that year.


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Edison Chippendale C19

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Description

First came out as the C250 in about 1915. Updated with new standardized disc mechanism and released in this version in 1919.


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Edison Chalet

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Introduced about 1921 mainly to help sell more discs.


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Pathéphone Modéle G

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One of the first generation of Pathé disc machines circa 1906. It was designed to play a vertical cut record called a center start, starting in the center and playing from the center out. These played very loudly and clearly. The first records were dubbed from earlier recordings of Pathé cylinders.


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Type AO, New Style Columbia

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Description

This model was introduced in 1903 at a price of $30.


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Columbia BFT

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Description

The BF was introduced in 1905 at a price of $40 with a 14" all brass horn. It had the extra long mandrel designed to play the new 20th century six inch cylinders designed to play for 3 minutes. The BFT was introduced in 1907, the same machine with a rear mount tone arm and a 9 panel nickel plated horn at a price of $55. In 1908 the round oak embossed horn shown here, could be subsittuted for an additional $5.


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Columbia BGT

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Description

The BG was introduced in 1905 at a price of $50 with a 14" all brass horn. It had the extra long mandrel designed to play the new 20th century six inch cylinders designed to play for 3 minutes. The BGT was introduced in 1907, the same machine with a rear mount tone arm and a 9 panel nickel plated horn at a price of $65. In 1908 this one was offered with a mahogany "symphony horn" at an additional $5 or a spruce music master horn as featured here for an additional $10.


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Columbia AH

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This first style AH was introduced in 1901 at a price of $30. Normally outfitted with a 22" brass bell horn, this example sports an extended arm and extra large all aluminum horn which could also be used with Cylinder machines. Note the suspension ring on the top of the horn. There would have been an extra charge for the extra large horn configuration.


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Columbia BI

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Disc machine circa 1908, competitor to the Victor III. Introduced in 1905 at a price of $45, the sterling had a 9 panel nickeled horn. This machine has the turntable ring which came later dating it at about 1908. The same machine is shown with the embossed oak horn which would have been available at extra cost.


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Columbia BY

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Pictures courtesy of Musical Treasures of Miami. http://www.musicaltreasuresofmiami.com/


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Berliner Trademark with Optional Brass Horn

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Description

Circa 1897. This model Berliner, Style 5, (with the optional brass horn) became the trademark of first the Berliner Gramophone Company, then the Victor Talking Machine Company and later RCA Victor as a result of a painting of the time by Francis Barraud which was purchased along with the copyright by the Berliner Company.


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Berliner Trademark with Standard Horn

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Circa 1897. This model Berliner, Style 5, became the trademark of first the Berliner Gramophone Company, then the Victor Talking Machine Company and later RCA Victor as a result of a painting of the time by Francis Barraud which was purchased along with the copyright by the Berliner Company.


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Victor Type A

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Circa 1901. Sold for $12. A continuation of an earlier Berliner style.


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Victor Royal - Type R

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Description

Front mount horn from about 1902 - 1903 for about $15


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Victor Monarch - Type M - Front Mount

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Description

Introduced in 1901. This is the second style from 1902. It sold for around $35


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Monarch Special, Type MS - Front Mount

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Description

Introduced in 1902. This example has the earlier concert soundbox and optional all brass 30 inch horn. It sold for $45 - $50 in the standard configuration


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Victor Monarch Junior - Type E - Rigid Arm

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This rear mount model with "rigid arm" was introduced in late 1902. Still stamped as a Type E on the dataplate, it was shown in Victor literature as a Victor II. Paper tag on the bottom says it could not be sold for less than $30 and is dated March 1, 1902


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Victor Monarch Junior - Type E - Tapered Arm

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This rear mount model with the "tapered arm dates from around 1903 or 1904 and sold for $35 -$40


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Victor Monarch - Type M - Tapered Arm

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This rear mount model with the "tapered arm dates from around 1903 or 1904 and sold for $35 -$40


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Victor Monarch Special - Type MS with Tapered Arm

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This rear mount model with the "tapered arm dates from about 1903. Still stamped as a Type MS on the dataplate, it was shown in Victor literature as a Victor IV It sold in this configuration for around $45


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Victor Type D - Early

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This rear mount model with the "tapered arm dates from about 1903. Stamped as a Type D on the dataplate, it was shown in Victor literature as a Victor V It sold in this configuration (with small horn) for around $55. The extra large horns in subsequent pictures would have cost extra. The largest "L" sized horn, the largest self supporting horn Victor made could be purchased as with the machine for an extra $10 or as an option for an extra $15.


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Victor Type D - Later

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This rear mount model with the "tapered arm dates from about 1903. Stamped as a Type D on the dataplate, it was shown in Victor literature as a Victor V It sold in this configuration (with small horn) for around $55. The extra large horns in subsequent pictures would have cost extra. The largest "L" sized horn, the largest self supporting horn Victor made could be purchased as with the machine for an extra $10 or as an option for an extra $15.


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Victor I

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This style Victor I dates from about 1905. It cost about $22


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Victor II - Early

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Also known as the humpback two.


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Victor II - Late

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This style Victor II dates from around 1909 and would have cost about $30 - $32


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Victor III - Early

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This early style Victor III dates from about 1903 or 1904. The sticker on the bottom is dated March 1, 1902 and states the machine can not be sold for less than $40. The larger than normal horn, offered as standard equipment on a Victor V would have been an option available at extra cost.


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Victor III - Late

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This later Victor III offered from 1906 - 1920 would have sold for $40 - $45. The wood horn would have been an extra $10 option!


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Victor IV

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This Victor IV offered from 1906 - 1920 would have sold for $55 - $57.50. Shownwith a brass bell horn, one of this vintage would normally be offered with a petaled horn. The wood horn would have been an extra $10 option!


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Victor V

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This Victor V offered from 1906 - 1920 would have sold for $60 - $67.50. Shownwith a brass bell horn with this petaled horn. The wood horn would have been an extra $10 option!


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Victor 06 - Early sn4138

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The Victor VI was first offered in late 1904 at a whopping price of $100. It was initially offered with the Japanned paper mache horn shown in the first picture. For a very short time it was offered with the petaled horn seen in the second picture when imports for the Japanned horn were not possible due to the Russo-Japanese war. From early 1905 it was offered with the #24B brass horn and subsequently with the familiar #31 mahogany horn. This very early model is serial number 600.


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Victor 06 - Early

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The Victor VI was first offered in late 1904 at a whopping price of $100. It was initially offered with the Japanned paper mache horn shown in the first picture. For a very short time it was offered with the petaled horn seen in the second picture when imports for the Japanned horn were not possible due to the Russo-Japanese war. From early 1905 it was offered with the #24B brass horn and subsequently with the familiar #31 mahogany horn. This very early model is serial number 600.


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Victor VI - Later Style

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This later style model circa 1908 - 1915 has a larger case than the earlier style. One odd thing about this machine is the serial number on the paper tag on the bottom says 5785 while the number on the dataplate is 6300. Both appear to be original to the machine. The paper tag also carrys the date March 1, 1902 and states the machine cannot be sold for less than $100.


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Victrola XXV School Machine, Circa 1913 - 1927

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Introduced at a price of $60. Almost 19,000 of these shipped mostly to schools between 1913 and 1927 with the vast majority shipping by 1920. After that, sales dropped off dramatically. photos courtesy of MusicalTreasures of Miami


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Victor VTLA - Sn. 7547 Circa 1906 - 1909

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This model is generally recognized as the first internal horn phonograph offered to the public. Introduced in a couple of basic variations between August 1906 and 1909 when it was renamed and continued in the line as the Victrola XVI. Offered in oak or mahogany at $200 or in the very special Circassian Walnut finish for $250! Photos Courtesy of Musical Treasures of Miami.


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Victrola 50

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The Victorla 50 was sold from 1921 - 1925. It was the first Victor machine designed to be portable.