Edison Diamond Disk Chalet

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Edison B-19 "Chalet"

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When Edison introduced the New Edison Phonograph or  Diamond Disc Phonographs the line included table models. The belt driven motor proved their downfall. . In 1919, Edison introduced  the Chalet. It used a motor which was then used in upright models. The performance was vastly improved.   The cabinet of the Chalet is  made of Gumwood with a natural stain.  The Chalet was the only Gumwood phonograph produced by Edison..

Edison wanted his dealers to sell the more profitable larger models, therefore, the Chalet is scarce today.

For some reason, however, these improved table models are scarce today, perhaps because Edison instructed his dealers to discourage sales of this model in favor of the more profitable larger phonographs.

The B-19 was sold for $95 for several years in the Edison Catalog. This phonograph was sold at a loss so that the market for Diamond Disks would grow.

The end of production came in 1922.

The Edison B-19 Chalet was manufactured from 1919 to 1922. Made of cheap red gum wood, the B-19 was sold at a loss to get customers to buy Diamond Discs.


 Hit Songs of the Period

  • "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me" by Ted Lewis & His Jazz Band
  • "You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet" by Al Jolson
  • "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" by John Steel
  • "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" by Ben Selvin's Novelty Orchestra
  • "The Moon Shines on the Moonshine" by Bert Williams
  • "Alcoholic Blues" by Billy Murray
  • "Saxophobia" by Rudy Wiedoeft
  • "Jazz Baby" by Marion Harris
  • "You'd Be Surprised" by Eddie Cantor
  • "The Alcoholic Blues" by the Louisiana Five
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  • January 1 – Edsel Ford succeeds his father as head of the Ford Motor Company.
  • January 6 – Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, dies in his sleep at the age of 60.
  • January 15 – The Boston Molasses Disaster: A wave of molasses released from an exploding storage tank sweeps through Boston, killing 21 and injuring 150.
  • January 16 – The 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition, goes into effect in the United States.
  • January 25 – The Hotel Pennsylvania, is built Manhattan, and becomes the world's most popular hotel.


  • February 6 – The Seattle General Strike begins. Over 65,000 workers strike.
  • February 11 – The Seattle General Strike ends when Federal troops are summoned by the state of Washington's Attorney General.
  • February 25 – Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon (.26’/L) tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
  • February 26 – An act of the United States Congress establishes most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).


  • March 3 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the conviction of Charles Schenck.
  • March 5 – A. Mitchell Palmer becomes Attorney General of the United States through recess appointment.
  • March 15 – The American Legion forms in Paris.


  • April 13 – Eugene V. Debs enters prison at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia for speaking out against the draft during World War I.
  • April 15 – Boston Telephone Strike of 1919 begins. Ends successfully for the telephone operators and supporters on April 20.
  • April 30 – Several bombs are intercepted in the first wave of the 1919 United States anarchist bombings.


  • May 1 – Riots break out in Cleveland, Ohio; 2 people are killed, 40 injured, and 116 arrested.
  • May 16 – A U.S. Navy Curtiss aircraft (NC-4), commanded by Albert Cushing Read, departs Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.


  • June 2 – Several mail bombs are sent to prominent figures as part of the 1919 United States anarchist bombings.
  • June 4 – Women's rights: The United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would guarantee suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.
  • June 15 – Pancho Villa attacks Ciudad Juαrez. When the bullets begin to fly to the U.S. side of the border, 2 units of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment cross the border and repulse Villa's forces.
  • June 28, the Treaty of Versailles is signed and ends WWI


July 7–September 6: The First Transcontinental Motor Convoy
  • July 6 – The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic by an airship.
  • July 7 – The First Transcontinental Motor Convoy: The U.S. Army sends an expedition across the continental U.S., starting in Washington, D.C., to determine how well troops could be moved from one side of the country to the other by motor vehicles.
  • July 21 – The Wingfoot Air Express catches fire over downtown Chicago; 2 passengers, 1 crewmember, and 10 people on the ground are killed; 2 people parachute to the ground safely.[1]
  • July 27 - The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 begins when a white man threw rocks at a group of 4 black teens on a raft.


  • August 11 – The first NFL team for Wisconsin (the Green Bay Packers) is founded by Curly Lambeau.
  • August 30 – After a three-way splintering of the Socialist Party of America, the leadership of the remaining 30,000 members of the Right Wing of the Socialist party continue their national convention in Chicago on August 30, 1919.
  • August 31 – In a three-way splintering of the Socialist Party of America, the leadership of the 10,000 native-born English speaking members of the Left Wing form the Communist Labor Party of America in Chicago on August 31, 1919.


  • September 1 – In a three-way splintering of the Socialist Party of America, the leadership of the 60,000 alien members of the Left Wing form the Communist Party of America at a separate convention in Chicago on September 1, 1919.
  • September 6 – The First Transcontinental Motor Convoy: The U.S. Army expedition across America, which started July 7, ends in San Francisco.
  • September 10 – September 15: The Florida Keys Hurricane kills 600 in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and Texas.
  • September 22 – The Steel strike of 1919 begins across the United States.
  • September 28 – Omaha Riot: A lynch mob besieges the police station and courthouse in Omaha, Nebraska, and lynches alleged rapist Will Brown.


  • October 1 – The Elaine Race Riot breaks out in Arkansas.
  • October 2 – President of the U.S. Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.
  • October 9
    • Black Sox Scandal: The Chicago White Sox throw the World Series.
    • The Boston Police Strike occurs.
  • October 16 – Ripley's Believe It or Not! first appears as a cartoon under thise title in The New York Globe.
  • October 28 – Prohibition begins: The United States Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.


  • November 7 – The first Palmer Raid is conducted on the second anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Over 10,000 suspected communists and anarchists are arrested in twenty-three different U.S. cities.
  • November 9 – Felix the Cat appears in Feline Follies, making the first cartoon character.
  • November 10 – The first national convention of the American Legion is held in Minneapolis, Minnesota (until November 12).
  • November 11 – The Centralia Massacre in Centralia, Washington results in the deaths of four members of the American Legion, and the lynching of a local leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
  • November 19 – The Treaty of Versailles fails a critical ratification vote in the United States Senate. It will never be ratified by the US.
  • November 27 – Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, is established at Oklahoma A&M College (now named Oklahoma State University) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


  • December 21 – United States deports 249 people, including Emma Goldman to Russia, during the Red Scare.
  • December 26 – Babe Ruth is sold by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time. The deal was announced on January 6, 1920.


  • Various strikes occur in the United States: Strike of US railroad workers; The Longshoreman's strike; The Great Steel Strike; and a general strike in Seattle, Washington.
  • US President Wilson promises eventual independence for Philippines, though subsequent Republican administrations see it as a distant goal.
  • The World League Against Alcoholism is established by the Anti-Saloon League.


  • Progressive Era (1890s–1920s)
  • Lochner era (c. 1897–c. 1937)
  • U.S. occupation of Haiti (1915–1934)
  • First Red Scare (1917–1920)
  • Prohibition (1919–1933)

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1. Edison maintained that cylinder recordings were better than flat disk records. Was it the market place or science that decided the argument?

2. How did the Edison loose his dominance of the market place?

3.What is your favorite song of the period? What  would you do to bring it back to life today?

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