|Lot #: 37
Keen-O-Phone, Model 20
|C. 1913. The Keen-O-Phone Co. of Philadelphia was the brainchild of Morris Keen, who's family had been in the phonograph business since the 1890's. Keen saw an opportunity for high quality machines of unique design, and in fact the cabinets were made by the famous Pooley Furniture Co., also of Philadelphia. Keen-O-Phones were better designed and constructed than Victors or Columbias, and Victor waved its attorneys threateningly but without avail. Keen-O-Phone, though, could not find adequate distribution and ceased operating in early 1914, throwing Pooley into bankruptcy.|
With patented "spiral" sound passage, and other ingenious features.
Apr 13, 2012
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