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His Master's Voice gramophone needles


His Master's Voice gramophone needles

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Physical description

Small tin with hinged lid containing 74 gramophone needles. Design on lid of trade mark dog listening to gramophone on red background with text " "HIS MASTER'S VOICE" / TRADE MARK / PICTURE COPYRIGHT / LOUD TONE". Paper slip inside with handwritten note "NEW / NEEDLES" with original black paper lining and text in gold "USE EACH POINT / ONCE ONLY" on either side.

Statement of significance

The Rev. J.W. Schomberg Collection consists of a home-made gramophone, four boxes of gramophone needles and thirty-five records, all dating from the early 1930s. The gramophone's cabinet was constructed by Junius Schomberg, from silky oak wood, in imitation of those available through retailers in the early 1930s. What is most unusual about this gramophone is that Schomberg has used a giant whelk shell as an amplifier, hidden within the cabinet.

Between August 1921 and his sudden death on 5 February 1936 at the age of forty-five, Junius was superintendent of the Mission for Pacific Islands and based at the Torres Strait mission of St Paul's on Moa Island. The collection's significance lies in its close association with the Schomberg family's time on Moa. The collection demonstrates Junius's resourcefulness and adaptability and the broader cultural life of a missionary at this time.

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