Tag Archives: Talking Machine News

The Over-Excited Performer

Quick Quotes 35. The following quote is from an interview in the July 1904 issue of Talking Machine News with American recording engineer Mr J. D. Smoot, working in London making records for the International Talking Machine Company. “How does the … Continue reading

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“The Voice in the Box!”

Quick Quotes 32. The following quote is from the June 1904 issue of Talking Machine News: A correspondent, whose bona-fides is unquestionable, sends us particulars of a curious case of a madman and a talking machine. Ten years ago he was … Continue reading

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A Voice from the Past

Snippets 204. The following quote is from the May 1904 issue of Talking Machine News: Edward Lloyd, the famous tenor, though he retired from the concert platform in December, 1900, not through failure of voice, or through ill health, but because, … Continue reading

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Dancing the Kickapoo

Snippets 201.  Many readers of this blog will have probably heard of the “cake walk”, a dance that was popular during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  The dance originated on the slave plantations in America and was performed … Continue reading

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Chocolate Records

Snippets 190.  The early 20th Century was a time of great innovation in technology, but not all good ideas are born equal.  Sometimes just because you can make something, it doesn’t mean you should.  From one of innovation’s blind alleys, … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Tech, 1904

Snippets 186.  An early publication concerning audio technology was The Talking Machine News, a monthly magazine for “users and makers of talking machines”; in other words, phonographs, or what we would now term “record players”.  By 1904, technology was marching … Continue reading

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The Living Picture

Snippets 184.  An early publication concerning audio technology was The Talking Machine News, a monthly magazine for “users and makers of talking machines”; in other words, phonographs, or what we would now term “record players”.  We previously looked at a … Continue reading

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Acid Drops, Lemon Drops, Don’t Drops

Snippets 175.  In a previous snippet we looked at a quote from the November 1903 issue of The Talking Machine News, a monthly magazine for “users and makers of talking machines”; in other words, phonographs, or what we would now … Continue reading

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The Magic Record

Snippets 173.  In 1877 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.  By 1903, use of phonographs to play music had become so popular that it became viable to publish a monthly title “for users and makers of talking machines”, The Talking Machine … Continue reading

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