Period Grafonola - P3 Adam



This article is part of the ANTIQUE PHONOGRAPH, GRAMOPHONE AND TALKING MACHINE IDENTIFICATION GUIDES.
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In 1917, reflecting the increasing prosperity of the country, both Columbia and Victor introduced a series of ornate, limited edition period machines. Judging from the number of surviving examples, many must not have been stocked at the dealership but must have been available only through special order. Nonetheless the period models were advertised extensively, lending prestige to the entire line of instruments. The period machines were supposed to represent the highest degree of refinement in furniture styles: Sheraton, Gothic, William and Mary, Chippendale, etc. The machine depicted below was sold as a P3 Adam Grafonola, initially at a cost of $600. A similar carcass was employed in the P21 Adam, a model with Chinese Chippendale decoration. The period Grafonolas were fitted with Columbia's best electric motor (the motor in non-period Grafonolas cannot be interchanged, except for Columbia piano models).


Period Grafonola
The panel in the front pulls down to reveal the grill and horn.
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