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Collector's find: an Ohio Talk-o-phone


Scarce Talk-o-phone.

 


The horn body and bell are original and have not been polished or repainted.

 


Note the horn with proprietary horn elbow.

 


Here is what makes the Talk-o-phone so unique: check out that gorgeous case decoration!

 


The tone arm mount and case decal.

 


This Talk-o-phone decal is just superb, and so colorful!

 


The original Talk-o-phone reproducer is a rare bird, as well.

 


A view of the tone arm and horn support.

 


Turntable felt has probably been replaced in the past.

 


Here is the strong 2 spring motor!

 


An original ad from the era shows the Talk-o-phone mascot: a parrot!

 

The Ohio Talk-o-phone Company was a historical sidenote in the evolution of the phonograph. This company operated out of Toledo, Ohio, and produced a line of disc phonographs from 1903 to 1909. They are well-known for their front-mount disc phonographs with distinctive cabinet designs and their robust spring motors. Their success was noticed by the Columbia phonograph company, which sued for patent infringement, and won. The Talk-o-phone company's assets were transferred by court order to Columbia, marking the end of an unusual little talking machine company. This model was known as the "Ennis" and is presented in all its oak beauty. We believe all parts are original, including the tone arm, reproducer, and scarce Talk-o-phone horn. Comes with records and needles, if desired, and ready to enter your fine collection. This is a scarce machine and seldom seen at shows, auctions, or elsewhere on the internet.


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