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I have collected so much "phonophemera" over the years so I picked a couple out that may be of some small interest. First is a signed photo-postcard of Vesta Victoria, second is an ad from around 1896 from Frank Seaman's National Gramophone Company in New York. It came nicely framed which was a bonus with what little I paid for it.

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Wow -- that first card is an exact duplicate of one in my collection. I'm amazed to see another. Mine still has the scrap of original recorded tinfoil pasted to the front. The card was originally tinted purple. The front of mine has faded from display in the past but the back still retains some of its color.

 

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Here's a tinfoil handbill, measuring 17.5" x 6" and printed on fragile, tissue-thin paper. It was clearly not expected to survive beyond December 1879.

 

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Among the more unusual pieces of tinfoil ephemera I have is this 8.5" x 11" promotional flyer for a demonstration in Boston in June 1878, printed in the form of a 4-page "newspaper" filled with puffery about the wonderful new phonograph.

 

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wow...awesome ephemera....I love the tinfoil phono ephemera (very hard to come by), as much as the peephole kinetoscope ephemera...which I will post if no one objects to non-phonograph postings.....I will post some phonograph and kinetoscope combo-show items I have.....I wish my Merchant's Building card had the tinfoil still attached....my card is still a nice yellow color...the Bridgeport advertisement too is on thin, fragile paper...it was preserved as it was stuck in a book, someone was probably using it as a bookmark....your Boston flyer is amazing....

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51 minutes ago, KinetoGuy said:

it was preserved as it was stuck in a book, someone was probably using it as a bookmark.

 

That reminds me of what is possibly my rarest piece of ephemera -- a handbill promoting the sale of tinfoil phonographs. It is the earliest known phonograph sales advertisement, dating to early 1879. Like your Bridgeport handbill, this was found folded inside a book, where it survived a century and a quarter in near-perfect condition. It's also on very thin 'flimsy' paper, meant to be pasted to a telegraph pole or wall.

 

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I find it hilarious that they used an engraving of Edison with the so-called "Brady" tinfoil of late 1877 / early 1878 but they were selling the Parlor Model tinfoil, which is much smaller and simpler. They acknowledged the fact with the parenthetical understatement that it was "imperfectly rendered in the engraving." If anyone ordered a phonograph expecting one resembling the picture, they were in for a surprise!

 

EDIT to add: I'd love to see your Kinetoscope material!

 

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That is an awesome handbill....

 

I will post the kinetoscope material soon....thank you......

 

It is nice to be able to share these materials...they sit here in looseleaf binders and in closets, and while my wife has tolerated my hobbies for the past 35 years, she grimaces whenever I get something .....though she did like the edison phonograph and records advertisement I just got...she said the green color is nice.....

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12 hours ago, KinetoGuy said:

 .....though she did like the edison phonograph and records advertisement I just got...she said the green color is nice.....

Take a victory whenever you can get one.

David

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Here is an Edison flyer for an Entertainment of the improved machine. I do not know how old this is, but I have always liked it. I found it already framed in an antique mall 10 or so years ago. What a fun thread this is.

 

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Here is something interesting from a bit later. This is related to Edison Re-Creation records. It is a Mood Change Chart or a way to review records I think. It seems strange to me and it seems to have been intended for the public to fill out and return to their Edison dealer. 

 

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Here are two Edison Magic Lantern slides. Both are of the same common picture, but one appears to be older than the other and they are slightly different sizes.

 

Older:

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I think Newer:

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