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Parkdale-Maplewood Community Museum

Cylinder; Container


Accession number: 2018.005 a-b
Object type: Phonograph
Date: circa 1900
Materials: Wax; Paper
Measurements: 10.6 cm H x 5.5 cm Diameterb) Diameter 10.8 cm; Height 10.8 cm
Marks/Label: a) 2600 When I'm Gone You'll Soon Forget Van Brunt & Helen Clark around top edge
b) Edison Blue Amberol Record on front and picture of man and tiny writing on back
Description: a) Cylinder has  inside ridges, grooves outside, printing around top edge. Smooth band around top and bottom.
b) hollow container for a
History of Use: Phonograph cylinders are the earliest commercial medium for recording and reproducing sound. Commonly known simply as "records" in their era of greatest popularity (c. 1896–1915), these hollow cylindrical objects have an audio recording engraved on the outside surface, which can be reproduced when they are played on a mechanical cylinder phonograph.[1] In the 1910s, the competing disc record system triumphed in the marketplace to become the dominant commercial audio medium