The Busy Bee Phonographs

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Founded in 1904 by Winifred B. James and Sherwin N. Bisbee (which explains the name), the O' Neill-James Company of Chicago started distributing the Columbia Graphphone Type Q with modified mandrel to accept cylinders with a hole slightly larger than the Standard size.  They sold their own cylinders and boxes provided by Columbia.  In 1906, they issued the Queen Busy Bee using, this time, the Type BK, with the same odd mandrel.

 

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