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I have been collecting phonographs in general since 1965. First as a teenager cylinder machines then disc horn machine and some upright machines. Then in 1993 while I was working as one of the theatre pipe organ crew members at Jasper Sanfilippo's.   Through Jasper's collection I was enlightened to the Orthophonic Victors, the Electrolas as well as other early all electric machines and automatic record changers. It was during this time I attended my first Union Phonograph Show where I met Joan and Robin Rolfs and became hooked on Nipper advertising as well. Around 2005 due to an economics downturn I was forced to sell most all of my phonograph collection to keep my theatre pipe organ restoration business afloat. However, in 2018 I have started collecting once again and this time mostly just all electric machines and automatic changers as well as continuing my Nipper advertising. I has been great to rekindle many past friendships!


So I will start this new Electric Machines category with the all electric reproduction machines in my present collection and invite other members to do the same.


Carlton Smith 

Indianapolis, IN


Victor Talking Machine Company:

VE12-1E                Electrola “Cromwell”                                               1925-26

VE8-60E             Orthophonic/Electrola                                            1927

VE9-25E              Electrola / Radiola 28                                              1927

VE10-70E             Automatic Electrola         (1st gen.)                     1927

VE7-26X               Electrola / Radiola 18                                              1928

VE9-16E                Electrola / Radiola 18                                              1928

VE10-69E             Automatic Electrola         (2nd gen.)                   1928

VE12-15E               Electrola                                                                    1928


Victor Division- RCA Victor Company:

RE-57                     Victor Micro-Synchronous Radio with Electrola   1930


RCA Victor Company:

RAE-26                  Radio /Automatic Electrola                                 1931

341 DUO              Radio / Automatic Electrola (3rd gen.)              1934

R-99                       Electrola                                                                   1936

V225                      Radio /  RP-151 record changer                           1941


Brunswick Corporation:

P-13                       Panatrope                                                                 1927

Model 42             Radio / Automatic Panatrope                              1930



114N                      Radio / 42E Changer                                              1947


Cromewll Open.jpg

Cromwell Closed.JPG

VE10-69 2nd Gen changer.JPG

10-69 with albums.JPG


VE10-70E closed.JPG

VE10-70E open.jpg

VE9-16E closed.jpg

VE9-16E open.jpg

VE7-26X closed.JPG

VE7-26X open.JPG

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18 hours ago, Tinfoilphono said:

Incredibly impressive collection! These are such imposing and beautiful machines -- and heavy!

Thanks! 😉

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So here are 3  more Electrolas in my collection.  Not all of them are restored and at home yet.


Here goes the list in this post:

VE12-15E Electrola [1928]I

VE7-26A Electrola/Radiola 18 [1928]

VE9-25E Electrola with Radiola 28 [1927]


Carlton Smith


VE12-15E A.JPG

VE12-15E B.JPG

VE7-26X closed.JPG

VE7-26X open.JPG

VE9-25E closed.jpg

VE9-25E open.JPG

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Wonderful collection, Carlton! When I was 14 or 15, my friend and I discovered an Electrola like your VE7-26A in the attic of our Society of Friends meeting house. The building had previously been the rectory for the neighboring Catholic church next door. At some point the Electrola had been retired to the attic and forgotten.


My friend's mother struck a deal and we wound up with it. All that was necessary was a little cleaning, and routine servicing and we brought her back to life. That was in 1972 or 73. Sadly many years later (and unknown to me) he was forced to sell it.


That was my 1st exposure to the wonderful world of antique phonographs, and I'll never forget the joy it brought us when we fired her up the 1st time!

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