The Montgomery Ward Cecilian Phonograph Manual 1913

In 1913, the American department store Montgomery Ward provided an owner’s manual with each Cecilian phonograph purchased, containing the complete line of models, and how to properly care for the phonograph and records.



One Response to “The Montgomery Ward Cecilian Phonograph Manual 1913”

  1. That’s my Cecilian manual! I know because of the streak of grease along the bottom of the cover. Earlier this winter I rescued an early 1920’s console Cecilian from the basement of a friend in Hedgesville, WV. It was in rough shape with a lot of mold growing on it and the veneer peeling off. I had to totally restore it. This manual was found inside and was located when I removed the internal mechanism. I’ve included a website, below, where I documented the restoration. This was my first ever restoration, and I probably spent more than I should have. However, it felt nice to bring a piece of musical history back to life to be enjoyed, which I do nearly daily.

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