Talking Machine World, September 15, 1917, p. 39: "The George McLagan Furniture Co., Ltd., Stratford, Ont., wholesale furniture manufacturers, are entering the phonograph manufacturing field with a high-grade instrument which will play every make of disc record. A complete line is coming through the factory and will be offered the trade shortly."
CAPS member Blain McCutchen wrote an article on McLagan overall, including information from these
pages. The article can be viewed here: http://www.capsnews.org/apn2016-4.htm
According to Edward Moogk
in Roll Back The Years
(National Library of Canada, 1975) "During 1917...in Ontario, the
Furniture Co. Ltd. of Stratford announced the
introduction of a
"strictly high-grade instrument" and a "superior"
catalogue of 10- and
12-inch records. (pg. 63)
"The lateral-cut Lyric records from McLagan were among
also included the Fonotopia, Jumbo, and Odeon from
Britain and Italy." (pg. 65)
"The McLagan Phonograph Company of Stratford, Ontario,
in 1926 that its Phonothetic would mark the beginning of
"A New Chapter
in the Chronicling of Phonograph History" and then went
on to say:
The ability of master in the craft
is not the great purpose of this instrument. It is
to present to
the world a means of reproducing with
incomparable beauty of
tone, perfect interpretation and wondrous volume, the
creations of the world's greatest artists and
Music, as reproduced through the
mechanism and constructional features of the Phonothetic
music with all its true value. The
range of tone
embraces the entire chromatic scale. The
reproduction of the
highest notes of
voices or instrument is accomplished
with ease and
perfection, as is the heavy bass with full, rounded
tone." (pgs. 109-110)
"...in 1927, the McLagan Phonograph Corporation formed a
McLagan-Erla Limited, which would market a new
throughout the country." (pg. 117)
(the following image is from page 64)
Betty Minaker Pratt supplies the following page from
Canadian Music Trades Journal of
August, 1917 (page 61, Toronto Reference Library) which
is likely the
reference for the first quote by Moogk above:
Page 31-32 from:
Stratford: Its Heritage and Its Festival
By Carolynn Bart-Riedstra, Lutzen Riedstra
Photographs by Terry Manzo
Contributor Richard Monette, Terry Manzo
Published by James Lorimer & Company, 1999
ISBN 155028634X, 9781550286342
"With rail transportation readily available in six directions and
Stratford's location in the centre of southeastern
Ontario, industry had good access ot markets across North
of these industries was furniture...[which] started to
develop when the
Porteous and McLagan factory was established in 1885...The
Trinity and Douro Streets had expanded greatly by the time
death in 1918." (Porteous retired in 1898.)
This is page 39 which mentions that, "McLagan Phonograph Ltd. emerged
as its own company in 1916 to continue as the largest
maker of radio and phonograph cabinets in Canada."
Illustration of the McLagan factory.
Machine outside of Peterborough, September 2008 (pictures by KW):
Betty Pratt contributes the following, dated November 24, 2003 ("Stratford: A City of Memory"):
Although the GTR
[Grand Trunk Railroad] was the biggest employer in
town, there were other industries. In 1886 the
first major furniture factory, owned by George McLagan, began
industrial boom in Stratford . McLagan designed his own furniture
the Toronto press said he “probably contributed more to the
than any other man in Canada.”
Detail from a Toronto Star Ad of August 29, 1918:
Canadian Music Trades Journal
, September, 1918, p. 53.
Detail from a Toronto Star Ad of Sept. 23, 1920:
Toronto Daily Star
, February 10, 1922, p. 8.
Toronto Daily Star
, March 16, 1923, p. 2.
Toronto Daily Star
, September 13, 1923, p. 2.
McLagan Stratford Booklet, 1918, Collection of Bill and Betty Pratt (The Printer is Rous &
Mann, Ltd, Toronto):
Blaine McCutchen contributes the following guarantee:
As well as the following fold-out brochure:
Opened at first fold
Opened at second fold
Opened completely and shown in parts (in some cases with scans pasted together)
Carol Martin contributes the following images of her machine:
On line I found a picture of the Fletcher reproducer and have come to the conclusion that McLagan bought them from a Chicago supplier:
A McLagan phonograph for sale online in 2022:
Introduced in late 1923 by the Audak Company in New York, USA, the Audak system was a record demonstration device doing away with the necessity of listening booths. In Canada, it was manufactured by the McLagan Phonograph Corp., Ltd.
Talking Machine World
, October 15, 1924, p. 25.
In 1924 the Audak Company introduced the Selectron which was a device intended to play the sound from an attached radio unit through the horn of a phonograph. In Canada, it was manufactured by the McLagan Phonograph Corp., Ltd.
, October 15, 1924, p. 91.
, December 15, 1924, p. 59.