Victrola phonograph from the Sugg McDonald house

Manufactured by
Victor Talking Machine Company, 1901 - 1929
Owned by
McDonald, Vernon Sugg, American, 1906 - 1982
wood with metal and plastic and felt
H x W (Closed): 8 × 12 3/4 × 14 1/8 in. (20.3 × 32.4 × 35.9 cm)
H x W (Open): 7 1/2 × 12 3/4 × 28 7/8 in. (19.1 × 32.4 × 73.3 cm)
H x W (Open (slightly over 90 degrees)): 18 1/2 × 12 3/4 × 21 in. (47 × 32.4 × 53.3 cm)
Place collected
Sugg McDonald House, Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
A portable Victrola phonograph. The exterior of the phonograph is wood and has some chipping. The machine is a case that opens up on a hinge. The speaker is on the front outside of the phonograph. The interior of the phonograph is orange and contains the working parts of the machine. The case holds a yellow brown felt turntable, tone arm, support bracket, brake, motorboard lifting knob and screws, needle, crank, speed regulator and a soundbox. The soundbox reads: [Victrola 4 / Victor Talking Machine Co. / Camden, N.J. / U.S.A.] The crank snaps into a holder on the top of the interior. The Victor Victrola phonograph logo with the dog is also on the interior, top portion of the machine. Underneath the turntable, a metal plate reads: [VV2 30 25215]. There is also a card that reads: [4931 Inspected Part 18447 / Cabinet / Mach.Equip. / Elec. Equip.] The card has a black ink mark running through the Mach. Equip. line. There are numbers written in pencil in some of the fields of the card.
African American
American West
Domestic life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bob and Sherri Brennan in memory of Vernon Sugg McDonald
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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