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German gramophone with a red painted bell and carved oak base

Object | Accession Number: 2013.118.1 a-c

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Gramophone of the type used in German homes during the Nazi era, 1933-1945. Propaganda was an essential tool of the Nazi government. They understood the power of emerging technologies, such as phonographs, radio, and television, to disseminate their message into homes and workplaces. Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda encouraged the production of home listening devices at affordable prices.
    Date
    manufacture:  approximately 1935
    Geography
    manufacture: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marvin Goldstein

    Physical Details

    Category
    Audio equipment
    Object Type
    Gramophones (aat)
    Physical Description
    a. Square, light brown oak gramophone base with a stepped pediment at the bottom and top edges. On the top is a circular turntable with a metal spindle screwed in the center to allow it to spin. The sides have carved pillars near the corners and a carved floral garland suspended on a valance.
    b. Jointed, silver colored metal sound box and crank for a gramophone.
    c. Red painted metal gramophone horn with a short, silver colored metal tube shaped bracket that connects to the gramophone base (a.) This is attached to a short, red painted metal cone, the horn elbow. The wider, top end of the cone has a ring of metal. Attached here are 7 vertical red painted metal panels with gold colored metal edging that taper upward about 15 inches, then flair into a flower like bell. The bell interior is ringed with a painted garland of white roses and daises with green leaves.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 18.000 inches (45.72 cm) | Width: 16.000 inches (40.64 cm) | Diameter: 18.500 inches (46.99 cm)
    Materials
    a : oak
    b : metal
    c : metal, paint, varnish
    Inscription
    BASED

    Rights & Restrictions

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The gramophone was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Marvin Goldstein.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:26:46
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