In 1906, the Victor Talking Machine Company introduced the Victrola, a new advancement in the phonograph. In previous models, the turntable and amplifying horn were exposed. In the Victrola, these working parts were concealed behind a handsome wood exterior. The result was something that looked more like a piece of furniture than an industrial machine, which contributed to its surge in popularity in American homes. Today's music lovers, even those who take their music wherever they go, can thank this innovative record player for starting the trend of bringing tunes a little closer to home.