“The Duplexophone” phonograph, ca. 1905
A rare photograph of “The Duplexophone” phonograph, Charles E. Hill’s precursor to the Duplex phonograph. Noticeable differences include a more primitive horn stand and yoke assembly and fully polished horns, which were later replaced with the signature “Silk Finish” fabric covered horns manufactured by Hawthorne & Sheble of Philadelphia. This photo appeared in the May 1905 issue of Music Trade Review, several months before the Duplex phonograph made its debut.