1924 Peter Pan, Miniature Record Player in Camera Box
Miniature Wind-Up Gramophone in Camera-Style 1924 Peter Pan, Miniature Record Player in Camera Box
In a Nutshell
The Music You Want - When You Want It. This RCA Victor slogan fits this Peter Pan perfectly - have a look at the youtube video (pict.21) - a great conversation piece - at all times - everywhere you go
In the early 1920's several collapsible miniature record players came on the market (see ref.1), some of which were housed in cases that had the look of a contemporary box camera. Searching for these so-called "cameraphones" is complicated by the existence of a very different device with the same name, a cellphone with built-in camera. I offer here the "Peter Pan Gramophone" and in a parallel sale the
, both made in 1924 in Great Britain.
According to ref.1 the Peter Pan has been sold in 1923/25 by the Peter Pan Gramophone Ltd. of Gerrard St. and Frith St., London. It has a Victor-U-joint type tonearm and a reproducer similar to the Victor Exhibition soundbox, with mica diaphragm, marked in red "Peter Pan Gramophone -Trade Mark - British and Foreign Patents Pending". There is a French Ivory label marked '"Peter Pan" Gramophone, Patent Nos. 15825/23 – 705313 - And Add. Worlds Patents Pending'. The motor is made in Switzerland, possibly by Thorens, who made also the motors for Plaza Music Company's Kompact cameraphone. The mini-horn is spring-loaded and pops out, once the box is opened.
About my cameraphone:
The unit has been thoroughly cleaned and in-depth serviced. The leatherette covered cabinet has no cracks, chips or major scratches. The chrome fittings as well as the tonearm are rust-free. The gramophone plays loud and clear, with some loss in the bass range, as expected. Watch a youtube video with the Peter Pan playing Glenn Miller's "Sun Valley Jump - Fox Trot". Please
e-mail me (Kris) for any questions, ich spreche Deutsch, je parle Français.
Here are the specifications:
Technical Description of Item
Peter Pan Gramophone Ltd., London, England
Peter Pan Gramophone
Miniature player for 78 rpm records
Black leatherette covered wood, camera-box shape with chrome fittings
Victrola-type "Peter Pan Gramophone", mica diaphragm
Chrome, clicked onto top of mini-horn
Single spring motor, made in Switzerland
On/off screw, speed regulating screw
7" x 4½" x 6"
2.3 kg = 5 lbs
Very nice, original and working condition
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