Tele-Phone (Argentina) / 1918

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Design: The primitive, wiry-looking drawing shows a man in a room about to place a cylinder on a record-player (why a cylinder machine is shown is a question), its horn directed toward a telephone receiver hanging from the wall. In another room, presumably in the same home, a woman (right) listens in anticipation of the sound being transmitted over the telephone line. The scene depicts two new technologies being used together, but also anticipates a third ­ radio, where recorded sound can enter a home via the airwaves.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Helmut Janisch of Germany. The label was registered by Alfredo Améndola in September 21, 1916. Recordings were made in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but the pressing was done in Porto Alegre, Brazil, at the factory of Saverio Leonetti.

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