Complete operas on records

"A revolution in the phonographic art" - 25 double-sided 35cm (14") Pathé records for Carmen! Source: La Mode du Temps : supplément au journal "Le Temps", April 15th, 1913 - Bibliothèque Forney via Gallica. http://c.bnf.fr/gtq

When Gallica’s pictures come to life

The website I've been working on for a few months has just been launched today. It's called Gallica Studio and it aims at encouraging and showcasing creative or innovative uses of the digital library Gallica's contents. The following video was made for the occasion by the French motion designer Julien Schickel. It shows a 1902 … Continue reading When Gallica’s pictures come to life

Some rare recordings of Auvergne folk music on Le Soleil label

I've been collecting folk music from Auvergne for several years but it's the first time I manage to find some of the early vertical-cut records on Martin Cayla's label Le Soleil. Those are much more difficult to find than the lateral-cut ones. These ones belonged to a native from Cantal who moved to Paris in … Continue reading Some rare recordings of Auvergne folk music on Le Soleil label

When Habiba Messika was singing in Nice

A portrait of Tunisian singer Habiba Messika on the cover of Nice-based magazine "L'Éclaireur du dimanche" in 1929, one year before she was tragically murdered by her former lover. Messika was singing in an oriental cabaret in Nice called "L'Oriental" at that time. Source: L'Éclaireur du dimanche, February 3rd, 1929 - Gallica. Her voice can be … Continue reading When Habiba Messika was singing in Nice