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Re: [ARSCLIST] Stereo records.
The issue is quite complex. I have an Edison cylinder cartalog from 1891.
Read, read, read.
Get hold of "From Tinfoil to Stereo" in any edition except that revised by
Leah Burt (she chopped out much important data._
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Shoshani" <mshoshani@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2006 10:25 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Stereo records.
On Thursday 15 June 2006 18.49, Lou Judson wrote:
Without the confidence of its dealers in 1923, RCA Victor, founder of
the phonograph and record business, could never have started radio down
its billion-dollar road.
Oh. My. Gosh. History should not be written by ignorant corporate PR
1. What dealers in 1923? RCA and Victor did not merge until 1929, and
in 1923 would not touch radio with a ten foot pole. (Was RCA even
manufacturing at that point? I thought in 1923 the Aeriolas were still
made by GE and Westinghouse...)
2. If anyone could be said to have founded the phonograph and record
realistically I think the Graphophone Company comes pretty close. It was
their reworking of Edison's phonograph that spurred Edison to make his own
drastic changes, which began a competitive marketplace for the sound
recording/reproduction industry. Berliner meanwhile had invented the
Gramophone during that same period, but it would be another eight or nine
years before he was able to set himself up in business and begin producing
Of course, when that trade advertisement came out in 1949, few in RCA's
marketing department probably knew or cared about the history of their
industry - they were out to pave it over with their miraculous new 45 RPM
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