Graphaphone

University College

Accession Number: 2009.uc.60.c

Instrument Name: Graphaphone

Description:

Instrument: wooden case with curved removable lid with handle. “VAULT” written in black marker on lid top at side edge. There is a label on the inside of the lid stating that the graphophone was manufactured by the American Graphophone Company, that is licensed and sold through its sole sales agent, the Columbia Phonograph Company (General), and that it retails for $75 within the USA. The instrument itself is a silver metal with some parts painted black. Plugs in via a yellow electrical cord with a plug end. Hinges on back of case indicate that the lid lifts up.

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Primary Materials: wood, metal

Markings:

Label on front reads: “THE/COMMERCIAL GRAPHAPHONE, PATENTED JU8NE 10, 1890, OCT 16, 1894, OCT 13, 1896, MARCH 30, 1897, JULY 27, 1897/COLUMBIA PHONOGRAPH CO./NEW YORK & LONDON”. A metal label on the instrument reads “COMMERCIAL/GRAPHAPHONE/COLUMBIA/PHONOGRAPH COMPANY/NEW YORK – LONDON – CHICAGO”.

Dimensions (cm):

34 x 39 x 28 cm (case with lid) booklet 18 x 12 cm

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Manufacturer:

American Graphaphone Company, sold through the Columbia Phonograph Co.

Date of Manufacture:

Provenance:

Donated to UTSIC: No

Historical Notes:

Includes a 7-page paper booklet entitled “The/Cambridge Phonographic/Records”. The bookled includes 6 records of French phonetic exercises, dated 1906, published by W. Heffer and Sons.