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at the Thomas Edison NHP! This is a great opportunity to preserve items of historical significance.
These items will be on exhibit in the new Phonograph Gallery on the third floor of Building 5.
need general conservation cleaning and repairs:
These items will be on exhibit in the new Phonograph Gallery on the third floor of Building 5. Some still need general conservation cleaning and repairs:
· Cabinets have veneer losses, scratches, missing carved elements;
· Torn and damaged silk speaker covers;
· Missing small parts on the cabinet or mechanism;
· Decorative metal details are rusty, some need gentle restoration.
· Adopters can be individuals, businesses, organizations, club chapters
Please call John O'Brien, Office Manager at the Friends of Thomas Edison NHP, telephone 973 736 2916 for this worldwide program.
Wax cylinder phonograph, 1887
This is the earliest known example of an Edison wax cylinder phonograph. Built in Bloomfield, New Jersey it dates from when the West Orange lab was under construction.
It represents Edison’s re-entry into work on development of the phonograph, following his success with the incandescent light bulb.
This machine has been adopted by Steve & Jeff Oliphant. Thank you.
Class M, 1889
This early attempt at a portable phonograph is miniature in size,
but fully functional in design.
Thomas Edison personally carried this phonograph under his arm as he boarded a ship to the Paris Exposition of 1889.
powered phonograph, c. 1890
Before a reliable spring motor could be developed,
This phonograph was powered by water from a hose.
Cost: $880 This machine has been
nicely restored and adopted by Eric
von Grimmenstein and
Charley Hummel and gently restored.
Cost: $880 This machine has been nicely restored and adopted by Eric von Grimmenstein and Charley Hummel and gently restored.
Class M coin-slot phonograph, c. 1896
During the early 1890s,
Other entrepreneurs found success using
Customers placed a nickel in the machine and listened to music or comedy through ear tubes.
The popularity of this type of phonograph led to a major change of direction for the fledgling phonograph industry.
COST: $1,320 This
phonograph has been beautifully and gently restored in commemoration
of phonograph collectors Aaron Cramer, David Heitz and Art Wilmoth.
This phonograph has been beautifully and gently restored in commemoration of phonograph collectors Aaron Cramer, David Heitz and Art Wilmoth.
Recording studio cylinder phonograph, c. 1910s
This phonograph was used in the recording studio (and possibly at off-site locations) for cutting master cylinder records.
Very few examples of this type of machine survive, and each is somewhat different with handcrafted variations.
Special thank you, restored in commemoration of research into the
history of Edison phonographs by Friends George Paul and Rene
Special thank you, restored in commemoration of research into the history of Edison phonographs by Friends George Paul and Rene Rondeau.
Stroh violin for recording, c. 1901 & Stroh viola for recording, c. 1901 Inventor Augustus Stroh designed this type of violin and viola especially for phonograph recording.
While in Europe, Edison’s recording technician William A.
Hayes purchased a number of Stroh violins for the
COST: $880 (violin), $660 (viola)
With the new system, a projector at the back of the theater connected by pulley to a mechanically amplified phonograph at the front of the theater.
Operators of the projector and the phonograph communicated by telephone intercom.
The elaborate system proved to be too complicated for local theater owners to operate independently.
Although not a long-term commercial success, the Kinetophone represents an important stage in the history of sound films.
COST: $2,420Thomas Edison’s personal Diamond Disc phonograph for record evaluation, c. 1915
This phonograph has a custom-designed cabinet for Thomas Edison to use for evaluating Diamond Disc records.
The cover of the horn compartment folds down into a desk-top surface for note taking.
To compensate for
Metal prototype long-play record changer
Designed for the long-play disc, this prototype automatic record
changer phonograph could play music continuously for hours.
Its raw appearance is typical of an
Prototype radio-phonograph combination, c. 1927
This machine is typical of laboratory prototypes. Newly designed components were hand-crafted and combined with surplus parts.
The wood cabinet is a factory model discontinued in 1927. The radio and electric turntable are experimental.
COST $1,320Cine-music System c. 1928 Edison’s son Theodore designed this electrically powered and amplified long-play record system to accompany silent films.
It worked well, but before it got to market Warner Brothers introduced the first practical synchronized sound film system. COST: $2,420
Additional information about the Adopt a Phonograph Program. As these special machines are United States Government property, we must follow well-defined regulations concerning care and restoration of these valuable artifacts. The actual restoration work is done by an approved government contractor under appropriate regulations. Payment for this restoration work is facilitated through the Friends of Thomas Edison NHP in connection with the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Participants in the program should make the payment to Friends of Thomas Edison NHP. Thank you.