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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Joy Unconfined: 1915

Joy Unconfined: 1915

Summer 1915. Dancing to the tunes coming out of an Edison Home Phonograph at Broad Channel, N.Y. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

No cylinder!

This is a cylinder phonograph but there is no cylinder in the spindle so it can't be playing.

[The cylinder is on the mandrel at right (enlarged below). The part to the left that you're calling the spindle is the feed screw. - Dave]

ghostly

Why is this photo so creepy? Is it the exposure?

Phonography

A phonograph amplifying horn of that size was generally only attached to the machine when it was in use. When not being played, the horn was removed and the machine closed in a wooden cover somewhat similar to those for old sewing machines.

"Cranes" -- devices which held large horns-- were sold seperately, but many folks got by with makeshift arrangements such as this with strings or chains attached to some handy object to support the horn.

Watch out for Two-face

I don't trust that girl. She's a two-face

Horn

Looks like that horn was probably knocked around quite a bit. It appears to be hung from something with some string.

Yes the big horns were

Yes the big horns were bumped and banged into all the time. Especially on a saturday night with Grandma's homemade wine :):)

Precarious

My eyes were drawn to the huge 'speaker' on the phonograph. It looks far too easy for someone to come by and accidentally whack it. Although this is a staged photo, were phonographs placed so casually around a home? Were the speakers frequently snapped off and needing replacement?

wow, that's neat!

wow, that's neat!

Creepy

Looks like he little girl moved during the shot, giving her a creepy two-faced look.

 
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