Loud Phonographs and Tube Victrolas, phonograph history articles from the 1898 & 1925 LA & NY Times


The Los Angeles Times, November 26, 1898, p. 7:




    The members of the Board of Public Works made a futile effort yesterday to determine whether the presence of a phonograph parlor on one of the principal streets of a city can be considered a nuisance, especially when, as a part of the paraphernalia of such a place, there is a megaphone through which is played all the phonographic tunes in the stock of such parlors.

    They heard arguments for and against such a place, and being unable to decide what to do, they wisely took the matter under advisement, and will render their decision later.
    The matter came about through the filing of a petition with the City Council from certain business men on Spring street, between Third and Fourth streets, in which the Council was asked to put a stop to the use of a megaphone as a part of the Tally phonographic establishment on the west side of Spring street between the streets mentioned.

    In the petition it was stated that the parlor was a nuisance, as there were emitted from the place sounds which were anything but musical, and which were calculated to disturb the nerves of persons who were compelled to hear the alleged music every day and all day.

    The owner of the place came back at his opponents by filing a counter petition signed by nearly twice as many merchants who asserted almost that the music that was wafted into their stores from the parlors was something of beauty and a joy forever.

    Not content with this, Tally, who owns the place, began securing the signatures of as many people who stopped to hear his phonographs as he could, and when the matter came up for hearing yesterday he had a petition from 400 or more who had stopped to hear the tunes which emanated from the megaphone, and all of them pronounced it classic music of the highest order...
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Victrola ad from the Jan 30, 1927 NY Times

    For the protestants against the place there appeared one lone individual, Mr. Holland, who keeps a restaurant on the opposite side of the street... He ridiculed the idea that a phonograph could produce music, and strenuously objected to his place being "bombarded," as he expressed it, by the sound waves which came from the parlors...

    Chairman Blanchard, after repeatedly asking if they were all done, stated that the matter would be taken under advisement. It is not considered probable that the petition first presented will be granted, as several of the persons who signed that petition have since withdrawn from it...

The New York Times, August 30, 1925, p. 14:


Victor Company Has Developed a New Instrument by Using Electrical Impulses.

    The Victor Talking Machine Company announced details yesterday of its invention for applying the principle of vacuum tube amplification, as used on the radio, to the reproduction of sound from a talking machine record.

    About a week ago both the Victor and the Brunswick - Balke - Collender Company announced inventions which they said would revolutionize the talking machine industry by using radio methods to prolong the time during which records could be played.

    E. R. Fenimore Johnson, Vice President of the Victor Company, pointed out yesterday that the new Victor invention followed closely on the invention of the mechanical orthophonic talking machine by the Victor Company.

    It was asserted that the vacuum tube amplification method and the mechanical reproduction had succeeded for the first time in realizing the full potential of the disk record. The new instruments are capable of reproducing from the record every sound audible to the human ear, it was said.

    The latest instrument is an electrical one, with the vibrations taken from the record groove by a needle, as in the old types. The vibrations are then transmitted into electrical impulses, however, which are picked up and amplified by vacuum tubes in the same manner as are audio frequency impulses in a radio amplifier.

    Instead of the orthophonic horn employed by the new type of mechanical instrument, however, the electrical amplifying type uses the priciple of the radio loud-speaker. The current needed for vacuum tubes may be drawn either from dry cells or standard electric light sockets.

    Mr. Johnson said that the Victor Company had in its laboratories devices for sound reproduction based on the use of light rays and photographic films, together with a fine groove record designed to play for more than an hour, but that these are only in the experimental stage.
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