Patented in late 1905 by Enoch Rector and marketed the following year, the Rectorphone was designed as a very inexpensive and very basic phonograph, measuring only 5" x 10", with a keywound motor and no spring barrel. The odd mandrel was meant to evade Edison patents, and the horn is cardboard ("no unpleasing metallic quality"). Even at $3.50 it was far from a hit, and it was soon being offered as a premium for selling 36 packages of laundry 'bluing.' It was an extremely crude little machine, and few have survived the past century-plus.
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