Henri Vidoudez, 1888 – um 1910


“Henri Vidoudez came from Clarmont. On 11th December 1888, he created a company in Sainte-Croix to manufacture all types of music boxes. In particular he made cartels and coin-operated automata, as soon as the first of these appeared on the market.

On 7th April 1893, he founded a second company with Jean-Albert Widmer. He had just enough time to file a patent application before it was dissolved two months later [June 1893].

Henri Vidoudez was an établisseur who bought components needed for the production of the said automata. Assembly and final inspection were carried out in his workshops.” (Piguet, S. 308-309)

National Exhibition in Geneva 1896
“In 1896, he participated collectively with Sainte-Croix in the National Exhibition in Geneva where he presented pieces with a special parachute (safety check),

others equipped with a very practical cylinder change system,

as well as large automata with dancing dolls, remarkable decorated. He was awarded a bronze medal.” (Piguet, S. 308-309)

Cantonal Exhibition in Vevey 1901
“In 1901 in Vevey, he took part in an exhibition, once again collectively, and showed automatic music boxes and all kinds of distributors, in which he specialized. His products earned him a silver medal. His workshop was situated in the Rue du Jura 4, where he employed three persons.” (Piguet, S. 308-309)

“In 1907, Henri Vidoudez ran into serious problems which led him to file a petition for bankruptcy. It cannot however be excluded that he pursued some kind of music box activity until the beginning of the war because the Société industrielle et commerciale listed him as music box manufacturer up to 1914. It is said to have manufactured disc music boxes under the name New Century.” (Piguet, S. 308-309)

In the Internet can be found only New Century Music boxes, which are disc mjusic boxes, made by Paillard or other makers, but not by Viduoudez. (September 2021)


TMB 18, 5, 1998, p. 137, S. 41; Bellamy, Music Makers of Switzerland, (2015), p. 6