Welcome to the homepage for Grampa's gramophones - Grampaphone. This is my collection of early 20th century phonograph, records, and associated paraphernalia.
I have been collecting machines and records for several years and have collected several machines, several thousand records, and a few odds and ends. This website is my way of organizing what I have. Many other sites provide detailed history and chronology for the recording industry, early phonograph companies and record companies. The intent of my website is to provide visual reference material anyone may find useful for this hobby. It is just a way to 'compare notes'. I have found this hobby to be addictive as a learning tool about our history and culture; that is why I enjoy it so. As I procure more machines or records, I will update this website. I have created a fairly straight forward menu for this website. Under the Machines menu are listed the machines I currently own. I have included before and after pictures plus a YouTube video of the machine playing a period piece. Not all machines are complete, so some items are still 'under construction'.
Under the Record Labels, Record Sleeves, Cylinder Records, and Cylinder Boxes items I have listed a copy of each record label type or record sleeve type that I currently have. It is not a comprehensive list of records, but rather a sample of each label, cylinder, box or sleeve version from the manufacturers. The Links menu provides what I have found to be very helpful websites. There are many others, but these provide a lot of information for beginners and old pros alike. I have some Odds & Ends that are there to spark interest as are the YouTube videos. As with all collectors, I sometimes find that I have duplicate items or items that are not really interesting to me. I occasionally sell a few items on eBay under the name Anonomous2. I have a 100% rating.
Feel free to contact me via the Contact page with any questions, comments, or just to check things out. Thanks - Grampaphone.