I normally follow,collect, accumulate Victor phonographs. I recently purchased a "Bingola I" childrens phonograph.The graphics sold me. I know zilch about them (except produced by the Bing Toy Co.). I'm missing the crank, but it also looks like a clock key might work. Size? Anyone familiar with a parts source?
Hi and welcome to the board! The Bing Phonograph Company of Germany made several types of inexpensive tin clock-work phonographs during the 1920s and all the ones I have seen wound through a keyway in the turntable with a type of key such as utilized in the winding of clocks. They made Bingolas, Kiddyphones, Pygmyphones, and perhaps others but these were off the top of my head. One of the members of the local phonograph group I belong to has a nice little collection of these machines and I will contact him so he can give me the size of the winding arbor. One of the members here may even have a key that will work for you.
Thank you very much. Not letting the grass grow under my feet or just being plain anxious, I went a friend who had a bunch of old clock keys. Viola! Got one to fit, wound it up, spins like a champ! Although it sounds like crap, hey, it was a toy... Thanks again. This site is great!!!