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Cream coloured paper sleeve with circular window at centre


Cream coloured paper sleeve with circular window at centre

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Physical description

Cream coloured paper sleeve with circular window at centre with advertisment for portable gramophones. Text in blue "Life's worth while anywhere with a Portable / Gramophone and a few favourite records. / ANY DEALER WILL GLADLY DEMONSTRATE / THE LATEST MODELS". Illustration at top in blue of couple walking in landscape carrying a case with text in banner "TAKE A PORTABLE WITH YOU". Reverse with text "Only Records - and the Gramophone give / you the music you want / - when you want it!".

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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