D and R Imperial phonograph



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Another machine made up from Columbia parts, this Imperial phonograph dates to around 1909 and was distributed "free" by the D and R record company of Chicago with the purchase of records. It is distinguished by its one piece tone arm and reproducer.


Imperial phonograph no 2
The cabinet is marked Imperial No. 2.
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Imperial tone arm and reproducer
The one piece Columbia type tone arm was painted black with gold stenciling. A D and R record sits on the turntable.
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D and R Imperial case The plain oak case with visible dovetailing is a style common to many Columbia derivative machines, such as the Standard X.
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Imperial horn
Blue sunburst horn with hand-painted flowers was original to this example.
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