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Zonophone Grand Opera front mount disc phonograph c 1901-04, RARE #2

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gerdan's items1 of 3Earlist "Jukebox" Regina HexaphoneZonophone Grand Opera front mount disc phonograph c 1901-04, RARE #1
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Part 2 photos of phonograph.

    First photo taken in 1958, part of my father's phonograph collection, taken in his "shop."
    In front of gal:
    on top right= Zonophone
    on top left= Edison Home (model) phonograph
    on lower right= Edison Gem " "
    and big cabinet holding all= rare early electric Edison
    Behind gal:
    Herbert Talk-O-Phone, sitting on top of Hexaphone (only partly seen). The Hexaphone has its own page with details, listed under jukeboxes.

    The rest are more current views of the Zonophone:
    The big round red object is the Mobley reproducer. It held the steel needles which played the records. The last shows the ornate rod supporting the horn, and the nice wood detail on the body.

    Original decals are important on the old phonographs. There are some reproduction decals being made for the Edison machines, but I doubt any for this one. The 2 on this machine are original.

    Zonophone phonograph in the family 55 years, at least according to this photo! :) Wish I could say where it came from. Pop travelled through, NJ, NY, PA, MA, VT, etc. This was his machine shop, but for quite a while it looked more like a phonograph museum.
    BTW, he took us to see Edison's lab in NJ, including the Black Mariah (early film studio...just a big room on a track which allowed it to rotate to catch the light). At the time, the Edison basement has not yet been completely detailed. GOK's what they finally found down there. Wish I could have explored!


    PS: For original Zono story and more photos look under same title with #1 at the end.

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