4 Edison Diamond Disc Records Type C


Edison Disc records (also known as Diamond Disc records because the stylus used was diamond) were introduced by Edison Records in 1912.

They were introduced to compete with disc sound recordings from companies such as Victor Talking Machine company. Unlike competitors’ discs, Edison Discs used up and down movement rather than side to side (or lateral) and so the grooves have smooth sides and variable depth. Because of this, Edison Discs are incompatible with other phonograph discs (although some adapters may be available).

Label is paper, black text on white, with part white text and motif on black. At least these could be read easily.
The image of Edison is a drawing, and as for the Type A photo, appears that his head and shoulders are coming out of a cooking pot. This is now on the right of the spindle hole. On the left of the spindle hole is Edison’s signature above the words, ‘A Product of the Edison Laboratories’. On the lower perimeter of a circle is ‘Price $1.00 in the U.S.A.’ On the outer label rim, at the top, is the text ‘INDEX No.’ wiith space for a number. Catalog number is just below the spindle hole – and is suffixed with an ‘L’ or ‘R’. Could this mean ‘left’ and ‘right?’ There is a recording number on the bottom outer rim of the label. There are no dimples in the label area as for Types A and B. There is a red five-pointed star overprinted on some labels.

Edison’s 10-inch discs play for nearly five minutes per side with 150 threads per inch (TPI), and revolved at 80 RPM. They are 1/4″ thick and are filled with wood flour or later with china clay.

Sales peaked in 1920 and in 1926 a microgroove version (450 TPI allowing up to 40 minutes per side on a 12 inch disc) was introduced but for technical reasons, it was not a success.

Sales continued to drop, and the last Edison Discs were made in 1929.

These records are in incredibly clean condition for their age and should play fine. I’m sure a cleaning would help but I don’t have the knowledge to know how to do that. Please ask for more details as needed. Buyer pays for shipping.

Record 1: Side 1- 51002-R Where The Silvery Colorado Wends It’s Way (Charles Arrill) Tenor and Chorus, Walter Van Brunt 3817. Side 2-51002-L The “Humoreske” Song, Adapted from Dvorak’s Melody (Arr. by Chas. H. Roth), Tenor Solo, Walter Van Brunt 3583.

Record 2: Side 1- 50694-L The Four Jacks March (Abe Lesch), Accordian Solo Frosini 7404.
Side 2-50694-R The Ring and the Rose (Kitty Berger) Harp-Zither solo, Kitty Berger 7214.

Record 3: Side 1-50056-L The Shipmates (Vaudeville Sketch) Golden and Hughes 2729. Side 2-50056-R
My Uncle’s Farm (Vaudeville Sketch) Golden and Hughes 2733

Record 4: Side 1-51238-R I’m Sitting Pretty In a Pretty Little City, Fox Trot (Lou Davis, Abel Baer and Henry Bently) Atlantic Dance Orchestra. 9181
Side 2- 51238-L Home Fox Trot (Ray Klage) Don Parker’s Dance Orchestra. 9154