Just thought this might be of passing interest to a few members. We were unpacking some estate items from a 1930s Bethelite and were confounded by his Vertical Phonograph. Lots of old Rutherford books, and some trashed Rutherford records, but the phonograph was something to behold. I tried for over an hour to gently try to get it to work. Nothing electric of course. After some research (even looked at some old patent office blueprints by r. Kurzin), I found the handle pops loose and turns into a crank to wind a giant watch spring, that turns the 78' disk made of heavy shellac, next thing old Judge Rutherford starts booming clear as day hawking the book "Riches" ! lol. There is a secret compartment that could hold lunch or a couple of books, magazines.
Rutherford's voice certainly would have scared any dogs or homeowners nearby! The 1930s I Pad. With a record, the thing weighs about 9lbs. Only 14x14". According to my 90 year old mother in law, only "special people" got to have one of these, she and the sisters had to carry a much bigger heavier unit that had to be held horizontally. ( the needle is top left in the lid- the vibrations at the end of the needle sounded directly into the paper speaker in the lid. When closed and locked, a cam on the lid controlled by a knob that pushed a release lever attached to the beefy steel spring that unwound to turn the record . volume? A simple piece of wood slid over the speaker vents. All very simple and effective like an 1800s Cuckoo clock !