Cecilian Phonograph (Victrola)
In 1906, Victor introduced a new line of talking machines with the turntable and amplifying horn tucked away inside a wooden cabinet, with mechanical parts being completely invisible, making the phonograph more of a piece of furniture than equipment.
Most of the successful musicians that hailed from TSBVI in the mid-century spoke of how the big band era of music influenced them. This type of phonograph (complete with big band 78s) would have been their influence.
Cecilian phonographs – like this one, were sold by Montgomery Ward in the late teens and early 1920s. By the depression, however, the sales of phonographs had declined with the popularity of radio and electronic systems.
The history of the first Victrola (antecedent of the Cecilian):