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Joel Ackerman wrote:
> My wife has inherited what seems to be an antique Russian portable phonograph.  The label inside reads Moskovskii Patephonii Zavod ( Moscow Phonograph Factory).  Can anyone identify it?  
> Don't seem to be able tom post photos here but will happily send some to anyone who can help.
> Approximate date? 1930s? Value?
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In the 1990s these were selling in Russia for $25 to $75 and were all 
over the place, but I always already had too much luggage to think of 
adding the hassle of taking one of these home.  Then the USA mail order 
Russian souvenir company was selling these for $125 and I should have 
bought one.  There are a number of different factories which made these 
things as late as the late 50s, so they are not necessarily very old.  
Remember, the Soviets continued to press 78s into around 1964.  In my 
other computer I have links to the Russian version of Ebay which has 
these machines on it all the time, and might be able to find a match.  
Send me a photo off-list.

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]