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Phonographs91 of 162Our Vintage Sylvania PhonographColumbia model B cylinder record player C 1897
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Posted 3 years ago


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Any information on my children's gramophone would be appreciated.


I have seen an advertisement from the 30's for one of these and there were no children in the image, just two stylish art deco adults.

I have left this one in the poor condition that I found it.
Any advice would be appreciated.

It works well. The horn is the innovation in these gramophones which I think were made in Germany. It makes a lot of noise! OOps Music, not noise. Certainly a lot more noise than the HMV that my parents gave me when I was seven. It had been theirs in the 40's I think.

I especially like the silhouettes around the edge of the machine.
When I bought it there were two books of records:
"Little Tots Records" Songs Games Stories for Kiddies No 1 and No 2.
There are three records in each set as well as some illustrations and the words to the songs. The illustrations are by Maud Trube.

As well as that I got another 14 records.
They are 14 centimetres /5.5 ins.

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  1. kbow, 3 years ago
    I was just looking into these today. I found one and talked to a guy about purchasing one. This is a beaut! Do you still have the horn? I would look into getting it restored if I were you.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Hi the horn is actually illustrated in the photo. I will put another photo in to give more detail. Thanks for your comment and advice.
  3. kbow kbow, 3 years ago
    Very nice! I love the detail of the children around the outside. I am looking into an antique columbia. I could kick myself in the butt for passing on the two I saw at the auction last week! They were children's style decorated ones but were the kind in the box. They still had the hand winders though.
  4. Saxymojo Saxymojo, 3 years ago
    Hi, Nice machine. These were an inexpensive disc machine made in Germany and were probably intended as much for adults as well as children the 1920's I don't think I would do too much restoration, maybe just a bit of a clean and polish. Regards
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the help and advice from you both!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    My thanks to everyone for the comments: BELLIN68, ThriftStoreAddict, Hedgewalker, FineLines, lisa, mark, rlwindle, olegaclockman47, marcobabe13, SMD, dj-reverb, toolate2 & ozmarty
  7. packrat-place packrat-place, 3 years ago
    Great item!
    I found several of those 5.5", 78 rpm records in a box of 78's I bought yesterday, however, they are not children's records, they are Little Wonder records. Thank you, I was wondering what the player looked like.
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks imander, BeauxPurdy & vanskyock24!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks dr.sideshow!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks guyfrmatl!
  11. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    What a great piece! Thanks for posting the photo that led me here. I love the whole package, photos, player & horn, records, special that you have them together.
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks packrat-place, mrmajestic1 & ToninoB too!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks wolcott1!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo & scandinavian_pieces!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks blunderbuss2 & Flightstar357 too!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks manikin!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks MattyG!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks miKKo!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks robinj!
  21. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Never seen one of these before! great!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks petey!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks SEANB, MattyG and MusikChoo TOO!
  24. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    your very welcome KevinG , I still love this very much:)
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks MSL!
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN & NADIA too!
  27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Many thanks SIGNAHOLIC!
  28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Thanks yet again TOM!
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Many thanks FARMLADY!
  30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 months ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT 'n ANTIQUEROSE too!
  31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 month ago
    Many thanks ARTDECOGIRL!!!!!
  32. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 days ago
    Many thanks FOXTERRIER9LIVES !!!!!!!!!!
  33. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 8 days ago
    Oh please, this is fantastic, I really love it!
  34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 days ago
    Many thanks VIRGINIA VINTAGE !!!!!!!!

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