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 Post subject: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
PostPosted: Jan Thu 09, 2020 11:19 pm 
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I assume this is a well done fantasy piece. Just the condition alone would lead me to believe it hasn't been around for 90+ years.


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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
PostPosted: Jan Fri 10, 2020 12:39 am 
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Chair feet on the bottom?

I searched AmericanRadioHistory.com. 1338 hits for "Singing Lady"... Apparently a popular radio show at one time. However, 0 hits for "Singing Lady Speaker."

OTOH, photos of the Singing Lady do look a lot like that speaker! I'm guessing someone who remembered ads for the Singing Lady came across a hat mannequin, saw a striking resemblance, and just felt it had to be turned into a speaker.

The hat mannequin collectors are cursing the repurposers.

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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
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Chair feet on the bottom?

I searched AmericanRadioHistory.com. 1338 hits for "Singing Lady"... Apparently a popular radio show at one time. However, 0 hits for "Singing Lady Speaker."

OTOH, photos of the Singing Lady do look a lot like that speaker! I'm guessing someone who remembered ads for the Singing Lady came across a hat mannequin, saw a striking resemblance, and just felt it had to be turned into a speaker.

I figured so much. I have Floyd's book on horn speakers and if he don't list it, it doesn't exist. It's not in there. I find the thing, although well made, a little creepy to have in a collection, even if it was a genuine antique.


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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
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It could be authentic, I see what looks to be "Pat. Applied" molded on the back. What throws me off is the "The Singing Lady" name attached onto the base by means of a clear sticker, not quite what I'd expect from the 1920s. Even the font style looks like a computer font. Without personally examining it, it would be a real leap of faith to bid on that speaker.

That is definitely one creepy looking speaker. The face looks more like that of a woman being strangled then singing.

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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
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It could be authentic, I see what looks to be "Pat. Applied" molded on the back. What throws me off is the "The Singing Lady" name attached onto the base by means of a clear sticker, not quite what I'd expect from the 1920s. Even the font style looks like a computer font. Without personally examining it, it would be a real leap of faith to bid on that speaker.

That is definitely one creepy looking speaker. The face looks more like that of a woman being strangled then singing.

I thought the same thing. Just a bad idea whoever and whenever it was made.
For that tipsy and delicate piece to have never suffered any chipping or cracking after 95 or so years is next to impossible. It's just too perfect. I always think of Rick on "Pawn Stars" when he would say "when in doubt, toss it out". I think anyone who's been into antiques would be in doubt.


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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
PostPosted: Jan Fri 10, 2020 3:02 am 
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I used to collect vintage cigarette lighters and this Singing Lady speaker reminds me of an electric Hot Lips table lighter from the same period. It has a heating element in the mouth that ignites a cigarette.


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I can duplicate the label with monotype corsiva font. Print it on a clear mailing label and you have it.


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It has a heating element in the mouth that ignites a cigarette.

Hot lips ? Both really creep me out.

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I agree this is a cigarette lighter and can see where the burn marks on the inside............m


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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
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If you look at the seller's other auctions, he is selling a cigarette dispenser that also looks like a lady's head with her mouth open like that. I think this is a cigarette related item that was modified with a speaker driver.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Antique-Original-1929-Kindel-and-Graham-Gypsy-Head-Cigarette-Dispenser/233405186884?hash=item3658088344:g:A2cAAOSwN~Vd0GdU

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GIFarmer wrote:
If you look at the seller's other auctions, he is selling a cigarette dispenser that also looks like a lady's head with her mouth open like that. I think this is a cigarette related item that was modified with a speaker driver.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Antique-Original-1929-Kindel-and-Graham-Gypsy-Head-Cigarette-Dispenser/233405186884?hash=item3658088344:g:A2cAAOSwN~Vd0GdU

You guys are good. Being it was likely a parts unit that could not be restored back to a lighter, I guess it was a clever way to repurpose it. It still doesn't take away the fact that it's an odd looking thing to display. I'm sure it led to numerous jokes for whoever owned one!


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Doing a google search on "Arturo Levi" returns a lot of this type of cigar lighter.

OMG!
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Doing a google search on "Arturo Levi" returns a lot of this type of cigar lighter.

OMG!
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Now, THAT says a mouthful!
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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
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It's funny, I actually came across one of those "Singing Lady" lighters this weekend at a local antiques mall. A bronze colored one. It's actually a pretty cool period piece, but a tad creepy. It really looks like she's choking on something!


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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
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Not to get to graphic but it reminds me of a sex toy, and sorry if Im the only one that thought of that.


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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
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kurt1618 wrote:
Not to get to graphic but it reminds me of a sex toy, and sorry if Im the only one that thought of that.


You were not. :-)


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 Post subject: Re: "Singing Lady" '20's speaker (??)
PostPosted: Jan Thu 16, 2020 5:59 pm 
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Looks similiar.


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