The Gem A (third version)

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Introduced in 1902, this third version of model A has been modified in France by the French Edison Phonograph Company.  This was done after several months of unsuccessful sales, the original machine looking, for French people, like stoves.  Mysterious at first glance, the modifications can easily be explained by the fact that the cabinet is only the lower part of the original lid cut, just under the banner decal, and fixed, as usual, to the machine.  An oak border has been added on the top of it with fixtures looking like ordinary Edison machines ones (Triumph, Home and Standard).  The original flat key (turning oddly counter-clockwise) has been replaced by a Pathe type crank to give the machine a more expensive appearance. This peticular machine was sold by a piano maker: Leon Auffray, 39 rue Saint-Aubin, Angers, advertising pianos and organs on the sticker inside the lid.  An other small square of paper stuck inside, just underneath the handle, wears the serial number No 76 hand written with black ink.

 

From the "Compagnie franšaise du phonographe Edison" catalog of 1906

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