Scarce Photographs of People Testing Edison's Phonograph

Lot of 2, including cabinet card featuring a group of men and women (with one child) gathered on the porch of a building, some of whom are testing Edison's phonograph with early headphones. A sign above the device advertises, "Edisons' [sic] Phonograph. The Greatest Invention of the 19th Century. Can Laugh, Talk, and Sing. The Best Bands in the Country Come and Hear it. 5 Cts a Tune. 6 Tunes for 25 Cts." Credited on mount and verso to L.R. Hussey, Bingham, ME.

Stereoview of a group of men standing on the Hastings Pier, listening to Edison's phonograph, which is mounted upon a large stand with early headphones dangling down around it. Passersby look on as the men listen to the new invention. "On the Pier Hastings" is written in the negative at bottom right. Credited on mount to The Anglo American Stereo Company. 


Steve Roden Collection: Music in Vernacular Photographs

Lots 269 - 279 represent a selection of images from the Steve Roden Collection of photographs related to music, sound, and listening, many of which are illustrated in the book,...i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces: music in vernacular photographs, 1880-1955, published by Steve Roden, 2011.

Provenance:Steve Roden Collection: Music in Vernacular Photographs


Cabinet card with some wear at edges of photograph, and soiling/discoloration at bottom left of mount. Stereoview rather toned, with some soiling to image, and discoloration at mount edges.

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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