Edison Army Navy Diamond Disc



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Introduced in 1917 and sold to the Armed Forces, very few of these utilitarian Diamond Discs survived the Great War. The machine was available in Navy blue or Army drab, but the paint on surviving examples is usually so weathered and faded that it is only a shadow of the original color.

Army-Navy Diamond Disc
This box certainly looks as if it has been through the wars. The Edison decal barely lingers on the front. Larger image
Army Navy Diamond Disc, side view
This machine is sitting on what appears to be an original matching cabinet. If so, it is probably the only original base known to exist. Larger image
Army-Navy Diamond Disc, Army version
Here's a different example in Army green, showing the front grill cover. Larger image
Army Navy Diamond Disc, interior
The interior housed a standard Diamond Disc mechanism with single spring motor. Larger image