The Talking Machine: An Illustrated Compendium, 1877-1929

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People are looking for antiques that can speak to them of an era gone by. At least, that might explain why antique talking machines are among today's hottest collectibles. Names like "Edison" and "Victor" call to mind an era of polished wood, brightly painted morning glory horns, and fascinating machinery. This thorough compendium contains 550 color photographs showing an incredible variety of external-horn as well as internal-horn talking machines. The authoritative text and up-to-date value guide complement a wealth of visuals, providing a veritable library. Authors Fabrizio and Paul lend over fifty years of combined experience in the field to make The Talking Machine, An Illustrated Compendium 1877-1929 the most accurate and complete work on antique talking machines for the novice or advanced collector.

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Picture the small "Madame Hendron" doll of 1922 with six celluloid cylinders of nursery rhymes that it played, the compact "Dixiephone," or the large horned mechanisms with cranks in beautiful oak ... Read full review


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Introduction 7
The Beginnings of the Talking 19091914

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