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.
I was invited by my fellow Gallicanaute Sophie Boudarel to answer some questions on her blog La Gazette des Ancêtres about the links between music and genealogy. How can genealogy tools be useful in a research on an artist, a label or record dealer? What does a records collection tell us about an ancestor? Read … Continue reading Music and genealogy: an interview on La Gazette des Ancêtres
While browsing Gallica, I came across this fascinating and very visionary text published in 1929 in French newspaper L'Intransigeant. Its author wonders about the future of phonograph and writes about music, cinema, radio, TV and... internet! Source: L'Intransigeant, October 21st, 1929 - Gallica
Today's post features a great solo of cabrette, the Auvergne’s traditional bagpipe, by Martin Cayla. Starting the late 1920's, Cayla recorded extensively on his own label "Le Soleil", which first shop was located 26, rue des Taillandiers, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, before moving to 33, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement (the … Continue reading A great cabrette solo from French Auvergne by Martin Cayla
Here is a very short text by Coquelin cadet I found among the new documents published on the digital library Gallica today morning. It is signed under the pseudonym "Pirouette" and is taken from "Le Livre des convalescents" published in 1885. Coquelin writes about talking mannequins featuring a phonograph that could be placed inside the trains. … Continue reading Talking robots in a French short story from 1885
How about collecting records? A visionary article published in 1926 in French newspaper Comoedia. Source: Gallica.
Here is a video made by the French National Library (BnF) where I talk about Gallica's sound collections, Malagasy 78rpm records and my mapping project Disquaires de Paris... Check also this interview published on Gallica's blog.
As part of the 2015 European Heritage Days, the French Huffington Post invited the team of the BnF's digital library Gallica to become a one-day community manager. For this occasion, several "Gallicanautes" (these intensive users of Gallica sharing their finds online) were invited to publish an article about a document of their choice. I chose to write … Continue reading Sound heritage and Azeri folk music: a guest contribution in the French Huffington Post