Edison Diamond Disc

Edison Diamond Disc (U.S.A.) / 1913

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Design: The blind-engraved information was obviously difficult to read. Thomas Edison would finally switch to paper labels in 1920.

History: In the battle of technology between cylinders and discs, Edison finally had to concede that the public preferred discs. However, in his line of 'Diamond Discs,' introduced in 1913, he retained the 'hill-and dale' vertical movement of a ball-shaped stylus in the cylinder groove, as opposed to the side-to-side movement of the sharp-pointed needle for 'lateral' records. These bulky records, which could only be played on Edison machines, were a quarter of an inch thick and 1lb in weight, presenting just as much of a storage problem as the old wax cylinders. Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany.

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