A large collection of early record catalogues is available on The British Library’s website. I was invited to write a guest post about it for the BL’s Sound and Vision blog. Follow this link to read it. Thanks to Jonathan Ward and Suresh Chandvankar for their help and to Andrea Zarza Canova for the invitation!
A promotional 78 rpm record for the Ondes Martenot released during The Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne held in Paris in 1937. Transfer by Claude Fihman.
Antarctica, Christmas 1904. French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot playing a cylinder of Baryton Jean Lassalle for a public of penguins. The program of this Christmas concert included “Ouvre tes yeux bleus, ma mignonne” (Jules Massenet) and “Connais-tu le pays où fleurit l’oranger?” (Ambroise Thomas). Source: Le Monde Colonial Illustré, January 1939 – Gallica.
Nice Odéon advertisement from 1929. Source: Le Petit journal, December 24th, 1929 – Gallica.
“The Court concludes that it is urgent to forbid bad talking machines to deform the public’s artistic sense and unanimously sentences saphir machines to eternal silence“. Fascinating example of the commercial battle between the Gramophone Company and Pathé in France in the early 20th century! Source: Le Matin, January 26th, 1910 – Gallica.
An advertisement from 1907 for the French branch of the Edison Company. Source: Le Matin, December 5th, 1907 – Gallica
Interesting story: in 1928, two Opera artists take legal action against the French P.T.T. (Posts, Telegraphs and Telephons). Source: Le Petit Journal, December 24th, 1928 – Gallica.
A portrait of Swiss clown Grock in an advertisement from 1931 for Odéon records. Source: L’Intransigeant, June 26th, 1931 – Gallica.