Introduced in 1902, there are at least three distinct versions of this machine, not including one example which has turned up with rounded corners. The smallest version of the P is listed separately in this identification guide.
The oxidized copper finish was popular on other household items as well as talking machines.
Although other phonographs such as the Standard Talking Machine Styles A and X were commonly given away as premiums, Victor did not like to give its products away for free, feeling that it diminished the perceived quality of the product, and the Victor P lasted for only around four years.
In later years Victor's Zonophone brand, whose Victor origin was not publicized, would be offered as a lower priced alternative to the Victor line.
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