The Dictogrand Upright iHorn is made from a Dictogrand Upright Radio Loud Speaker, which was made by the Dictograph Products Corporation in New York City. It was made in 1924 and originally sold for $25.00. This model is particularly rare and collectible.
Dictograph Products was a new player in radio technology in 1923. However, Dictograph had a long history of acoustical products, including telephone systems and products to aid hearing for the deaf. It was an international corporation, with offices in United States, Europe, and the Orient. Its most famous product was the “Detective Dictograph Audio Amplifier.” This police eavesdropping device was used to convict Ohio state senator Rodney J. Diegle of bribery in 1911; U.S. Senator William Lorimer of Illinois for suborning perjury in 1912; and to indict Albert and Louis Bimberg of White Plains, N.Y., for trying to hire an employee to burn the American Oilcloth Co. plant in Trenton, N.J. in 1914. Dictograph Products was a big player in telephone equipment parts as well.
The Dictogrand Upright is stately. It is a piece of Americana which reflects ingenuity, beauty and grace. Its appearance and sound are symphonic.