Accession number: 2018.008 a-b
Object type: Phonograph
Date: circa 1900
Materials: Wax; Paper
Measurements: 10.5 cm H x 5.3 cm Diameterb) Diameter 5.8 cm; Height 10.6 cm
Marks/Label: a) 1933 Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming Knickerbrocker Quarter around top
b) Edison Blue Amberol Recordd around front, picture of man and tiny printing on back.
Description: a) Inside ridges, grooves outside, printing around the top edge, Smooth band around top and bottom.
b) hollow container for a to fit inside.
History of Use:
Phonograph cylinders are the earliest commercial medium for recording and reproducing sound. Commonly known simply as "records" in their era of greatest popularity (c. 1896–1915), these hollow cylindrical objects have an audio recording engraved on the outside surface, which can be reproduced when they are played on a mechanical cylinder phonograph. In the 1910s, the competing disc record system triumphed in the marketplace to become the dominant commercial audio medium