Items of interest

Category: Items of interest

A SELECTION OF MINIATURE GRAMOPHONES

Here are a selection of miniature gramophones that were produced in the 1920/30s. They were promoted as genuine playing gramophones, but, probably, only the “Excelda” produced by the Swiss Thorens Company actually played well. The rest are interesting collectors items.

“Eclipse” Miniature Gramophone.

This is a mystery gramophone made in the form of a “Cameraphone” and is rather like the more usual examples like the “Peter Pan” versions and the “Cameraphone” models themselves. The logo one the inside of the lid says “Eclipse Gramophone Company, 116 Putney Bridge Road, SW.” but I can find no reference to this […]

EMG Mark IX Gramophone (Flossie).

I have always admired the gramophones invented and developed by Ellis Michael Ginn. The machines that were made and sold, from 1923, using his initials were all hand-made and were the very best for producing quality sound from 78 rpm records.Apparently (Wikipedia), only about 70 examples of these gramophones have survived and over 25 years […]

Edison Diamond Disc playing Machine

Collectors will be familiar with early wind-up gramophones which play, in general, 78 rpm discs. Some will have found the earlier phonographs that were developed, if not invented, by Thomas Edison and these play cylinder records. Originally cylinder machines were the first to be available to play recorded music and voices, but cylinders were difficult […]

Apollo Portable

This is an interesting and particularly attractive portable gramophone known as the “Folding Apollo” from 1921, (Proudfoot’s book, Collecting Phonographs and Gramophones) and made in a teak case. Like some of the early Decca models this gramophone uses the idea of reflecting the sound from a short tone arm against the back of the machine […]

Cameraphone

Many small gramophones are referred to as cameraphones as they look rather like the Box-Browie cameras in use at the time, however this is actually a “Cameraphone”. It has a spider turntable and the resonator is a hollow globe shape made of simulated tortoiseshell.