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 Post subject: Catesby and Sons - Tottenham and Maidstone !
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:52 pm 
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Victor II
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Came across this recently. I love the names for the machines ! Did you know you could buy a "Maidstone" or a "Tottenham" graphophone ?? Any idea where the names "Mabel Grace" or "Walmer" came from ? Can anyone estimate the age from the models shown ?
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 Post subject: Re: Catesby and Sons - Tottenham and Maidstone !
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:30 pm 
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What a great find ! Walmer is of course in Kent , who Mabel Grace is though will be difficult unless she was Mabel Grace Catesby , may be a possibility . Did you notice the Tottenham was unusually front wound !


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 Post subject: Re: Catesby and Sons - Tottenham and Maidstone !
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:38 pm 
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Catesby is really interesting the store was built in 1904 see this link for great details

http://ornamentalpassions.blogspot.com/ ... enham.html


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 Post subject: Re: Catesby and Sons - Tottenham and Maidstone !
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:49 pm 
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Location: near Utopia, South East England
Walmer is only a few miles from me!


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 Post subject: Re: Catesby and Sons - Tottenham and Maidstone !
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:06 pm 
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Thanks for the info - being from "up north" I hadn't heard of Walmer !! The shop looked amazing .
The front wind model is interesting - may be one of our American colleagues can tell us it's real name !!


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 Post subject: Re: Catesby and Sons - Tottenham and Maidstone !
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:30 pm 
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Location: Where there's "hamburger ALL OVER the highway"...
I'd say the catalog dates to about 1908, judging from the "Columbia Graphophone" banner on the cylinder models.

The "Maidstone" is a BV, which had a unique reproducer; the "Walmer" appears to be a BK.

I've never seen a front wind Disc Graphophone, with the exception of an illustration of an experimental prototype. This model looks very much like a front-mount "client" machine that has been rotated 90 degrees...? :?

Bill


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