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Bing 'Pigmyphone' toy gramophone, 1920s: details and images

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Bing Pigmyphone 1920s - lid of cover unit [10KB]
This is the lid of the cover of the unit, made of tin. This player was produced by Bing Werke in Bavaria, southern Germany. It was licensed for production in many other countries.

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Bing Pgmyphone 1920s - transducer unit [8KB] Close-up of the transducer unit. Vibrations from the stylus are transferred to a diaphragm inside this unit.

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Bing Pigmyphone 1920s - black minstrel image [12KB] The manufacturer, Bing, is famous for its elaborate decoration of children's tin plate toys. This image illustrates the interest in black minstrel shows at the time. The governor switch apparent in the top of the image allows the speed of the disk to be regulated by the application of pressure to the workings.

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Bing Pigmyphone 1920s - seven dwarfs image [14KB] The image of the seven dwarfs would appeal to a child's sense of fun. The player is a toy but produces a passable reproduction of sound. The green felt on the turntable protects the playing surface of the record.

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Bing Pigmyphone 1920s - winding spigot [11KB] Bing toys are often meant to be fun with a serious intent. This image from Little Red Riding Hood hides the winding spigot in the wolf's mouth but the key and spigot are of high quality and would allow heavy day-to-day use.

Rotations and views

A selection of views from the interactive rotations, to view the whole set of rotation images you can download bing.zip (8.6MB) which contains all 36 images.

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