Gramophone [HMV Monarch Junior]

Maker and role
The Gramophone Company Limited, Manufacturer
Production date
Circa 1910s
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Object detail

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HMV Monarch Junior model with large, red metal horn. Unit consists of a large wooden oak box with a turntable on top. A gooseneck tuner arm projects from one side and is attached to a large red metal speaker horn. The turner arm ends in a sharp U-shape that is attached to a small round speaker.
Brief History
The first consumer device to play back recorded sound was the phonograph, which played wax or tinfoil cylinders. The gramophone, developed by the German inventor Emile Berliner in 1888, played flat discs instead of cylinders.
Berliner was one of the founders of The Gramophone Company, one of the early recording companies and manufacturers of gramophones, including this one.
Credit Line
The Gramophone Company Limited. Circa 1910s. Gramophone [HMV Monarch Junior], 1982.224. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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