It's perhaps good that despite "Gramophone" (& its other spellings)
remained a relatively exotic term here in the USA. Otherwise "Grammies"
might have been called "Phonies". I'm hopefully not plagiarizing the
gag...I've used it before..
On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 11:50 AM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In a message dated 5/19/2010 1:03:59 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> the Victor firm (and their "ancestor," Berliner) were using, and may have
> held the rights, to the name "Gramophone?" Early in the 20th centurym
> "phonograph" refered to Edison's cylinder machines; again, he may have
> rights to that term?
> nix to Edison's use of "phonograph", no trademark protection.
> Eldridge Johnson had been (temporarily) enjoined in Mar of 1901 (by Frank
> Seaman) from using term Gramophone, and that is why Victor eschewed the
> in Oct 1901, i.e. Victor Talking Machine Co. However, the word soon became
> The word Graphophone (to Edison's annoyance) had also become a category
> at the patent office.