The Bebe Jumeau

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This second talking doll contains the first non Tin-Foil French cylinder phonograph ever made.   The doll is presented with its cylinders, the breast door open.  Constructed in 1893 by the clock-maker Henri Lioret, for the famous Bebe Jumeau Company, the mechanism presents three major improvements compared to the Edison one:

1- The cylinders, made out of celluloid are the first unbreakable cylinders ever made

2- They are interchangeable

3- The mechanism has a spring and an air governor for the doll to talk and sing by its own.


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The doll and the motor from a an old catalog


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The doll box end, size 11


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The 1900 Lioret catalog

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