Standard Talking Machine, Model A



This article is part of the ANTIQUE PHONOGRAPH, GRAMOPHONE AND TALKING MACHINE IDENTIFICATION GUIDES.
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The Standard Talking Machine, Style A, was a "scheme" or giveaway machine introduced around 1909 by the Great Northern Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Illinois.

All mechanical parts consisted of regular Columbia components.

The machine and a set of coupons were supplied to local merchants. For each purchase, the merchant's customer received a coupon good toward toward the price of the machine. The only catch was that the Standard A was fitted with an oversize quarter inch spindle which would not accept regular 78rpm records. The special records for the Standard A had to be purchased separately, and were usually stamped from worn matrices.

Judging from the number of surving examples, the promotion must have been wildly successful, for the Standard A is one of the most common outside horn disc phonographs.


Standard Talking Machine Model A
The small red horn with gold trim was standard issue.
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Standard A decal
Nice red decal decorates the cabinet. Other style decals have appeared.
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Standard A bracket
. The backbracket, tone arm and elbow are shared by many Columbia derivative machines
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