Sunday, 3 May 2009

Chocolate Phonograph

The very rare tin phonographs pictured above were made in late 1903 by the Stollwerck Chocolate Company in Germany and have to rank among the most unusual phonographs ever made. They were designed to play disk records made of chocolate.

They were not a success. They were extremely delicate little machines with noisy, underpowered motors and mediocre sound quality. They were far too fragile to withstand rough handling by children, who were the main market for chocolate records. Most phonographs were likely broken beyond repair in a matter of days.

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