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Delivery truck loaded with Diamond Disc Phonographs

Sign on truck reads: "Carload of The New Edison Phonographs for Washington Heights ROONY Co. of course! St. Nicholas Ave. & 183 St. Your phonograph is here come and get it today. Our budget plan will make it so easy. Phonograph Corporation of Manhattan. Edison Distributors 475-5th Ave.N.Y.C."

Edison originally saw the phonograph as a business machine, a dictaphone. But in time he realized its value for popular entertainment and promoted it for that purpose. Manufacturing phonographs and phonograph records became one of Edison's most profitable ventures, as evident in this image from about 1920.

SI negative #87-1689

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