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Author:  CDBPDX [ Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Early Ediphone Cylinder

Here is a scan of an early Edison cylinder case, one i haven't seen before. I think shortly after 1905..??


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Author:  CDBPDX [ Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:33 pm ]
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More pics...

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Author:  Phono-Phan [ Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:18 am ]
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Very neat!! Thanks for sharing.

Author:  NEFaurora [ Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:13 pm ]
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I've never seen an Ediphone that early before..

Thanks for posting...


Tony K.

Author:  CDBPDX [ Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:48 pm ]
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Further investigation reveals this cylinder is from 1916-1918. The TRANSOPHONE advertised in one of the panels was developed in 1916 and the Voice Writer was renamed Ediphone in 1918. Still pretty early, though.


Author:  Kirkwood [ Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:50 pm ]
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I guess is that, by now, everyone on here has already seen this little Ediphone Youtube clip, but for those new comers who haven't, this is an interesting time travel exercise.

The boxes at 4:14 and 2:38 look similar to yours, but the view is too brief for comparison.

Even more interesting than the Ediphone technology are the various changes in office culture that have taken place since 1910, the date of this film. Imagine! Expecting to be able to leave the office at 5:00 pm! It's a 24/7 world today, guy---the competition doesn't quit at 5:00, neither do you. Then being able to blaze up a bodacious stogy at work and nobody says word one---unbelievable. I remember the blue haze of cigarette smoke that hung in the air over the office cubicles back in the 1980s, so can't say I miss that. The office boy putting the moves on Miss Stenographer could expect to get hauled in to HR these days. Some things changed because they needed to. But I have to question if anybody was able to get 100 uses out of their wax cylinders, no matter how carefully the office boy shaved them down.

Author:  NEFaurora [ Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:25 pm ]
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Here's a video I made of a rather rare Oak Edison Business Phonograph Model "D" Spring Motor that I sold 4 years ago back in 2015. I made this video just to demonstrate to the new buyer that the Phonograph did in fact work with its Original reproducer. I gave the new buyer the cylinder that was playing on the video as well. The cylinder was a 6" Dictaphone cylinder from the 1920's. The unit was in good shape, and was missing a few parts such as the Recorder and the Original Special Horn and Horn Crane, but the very hard to find Original Horn Crane mount was still there and can be seen in the video. The Bepdplate was in good shape with its Original paint, It just needed to be re-decaled and re-shellaced.. I only sold the machine because I felt it was not practical and did not fit in with my collection as it is really not an entertainment machine....I'll probably kick myself years from now for selling it. Most of these Edison Business machines were electrically powered with the famous Ekonowatt motor and very few were Spring Motor operated Edison Business their normal "Entertainment" Model A thru D counterparts. ... ex=6&t=61s

Tony K.

Edison Collector/Restorer

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