19th Century Graphophone by the Columbia Phonograph Co. with Casing and Rolls
The first American cylinder talking machine! Crafted in New York circa 1890, this graphophone features the original oak casing, and five rolls of music. It is very good working order (check our attached video) Originally know as the phonograph, the graphophone was developed for the interest in recording and producing sound. It was first achieved by Thomas Edison in 1877 but in 1879, Bell and his other assistant Charles Sumner Tainter began to make improvements in Edison’s invention. He was interested in this invention because of the potential aid for the teaching of the death. However, they found out later that the tinfoil records used by Edison was deteriorated after several uses. The overall principle of the graphophone was to record speech vibration onto a disk. It was invented at the Volta Laboratory established by Alexander Graham Bell in Washington, D.C., United States. Its trademark usage was acquired successively by the Volta Graphophone Company, then the American Graphophone Company, the North American Phonograph Company, and finally by the Columbia Phonograph Company (known today as Columbia Records), all of which either produced or sold Graphophones. Measures: 15.5″ W x 8.5″ D x 22″ H.
|Dimensions||15.5" W x 8.5" D x 22" H|
Late 19th Century