The early models are elegantly cased with corner columns and intricate molding.
To compete with the longer-running time of the disc record, Columbia attempted to create a 3 minute record standard. These "20th Century" records were 6 inches long, and required a longer mandrel to play them. These records never really caught on, and it wasn't until the 4 minute Amberol records from Edison, that the playing time was significantly increased.
The Lyric reproducer has no weight, and tension to the stylus bar is instead created with a small spring. The model and serial number information is stamped on the end of the carrier arm rod, and can be seen more clearly in the inset.