The Mae Star Doll

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It is using the new Averill motor issued in 1923 put in their new Dolly-Rekord (or Genuine Madame Hendren) dolls.  It is wounded by a crank from the side.  Contrary to all other cylinder phonograph mechanisms known, this one has an helicoidal spring. The sounds are projected through her clothes from a metallic horn fixed in a chest as seen in the mirror.  The grey-blue celluloid cylinders have a metallic kind of cover on one side with two holes to be pushed and removed easily from the mandrel.  They are supposed to have been made from 1928 through 1944.


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Another mechanism from another doll.


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Notice the helicoidal spring and the friction governor.


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Notice the stylus on the cylinder surface (red arrow).


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Here is a very hard to find Mae Star cylinder box.  Without lid, this is more a protection sleeve as there is no bottom either (" of the paper, longer than the cardboard sleeve itself, is wrapped at the bottom).  They are supposed to come inside of a rectangular cardboard box by 6.  Made by the Universal Talking Toys Co., Newark N.J. U.S.A., this is one on the many different names that can be found on the metallic part of the cylinder when any (2 other ones ares: "The Mae Star Dolly" & "Averill Manufacturing Co. New York U.S.A.").  The label says: "Indestructible -DOLL RECORD- Everlasting" and: "This Record is Timed to Play Only on Machines Licensed by Universal Talking Toys Company".  On the other side, there is a:


21-Little Boy Blue (Recitation)

22-Now I Lay Ne Down to Sleep (Prayer)

31-London Bridge is Falling Down (Song)

32-Rock-a-Bye Baby (Song)

33-One, Two, Buckle Your Shoe (Educat'nl)

41-Old Mother Hubbard (Recitation)

Any of the above may be procured from your dealer or will be sent post paid on receipt of 25c each.



Recently found, the mythic cardboard box to hold 5 (not 6) cylinders.  We believe that the 6th one was already install inside of the doll.  Notice that these cylinders are black, like the early Madame Hendren ones, but here with the metallic insert like later blue ones.  The titles are also printed on a paper and stuck on the metal part.  Other particularity, the sleeves are pink and not light beige like with blue ones.  So, we believe that these cylinders are the transitional ones between the early black ones and the common later blue ones.


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