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 Post subject: WWI Perfectaphone
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:49 am 
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Just got half-dozen of these quite interesting and unusual records. Perfectaphones are relatively easy to find, but not with this label. I presume it was issued around the end of WWI, 1918, as it shows a French and a British soldier side by side (one with its French mustache and the other with its British pipe). The music is not associated with the war, but dance music typical of the period: quadrilles, waltzes, polkas etc.


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 Post subject: Re: WWI Perfectaphone
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:53 am 
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F. Depero, "Grammofono", 1923.
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Beautiful colourful label, and how good that they came with their appropriate sleeve! :D


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 Post subject: Re: WWI Perfectaphone
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What a great find... wonderful graphics on the labels.
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
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 Post subject: Re: WWI Perfectaphone
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floating down stream ...
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The main reason I love 78 records - they are so full of history.

This one is particularly wonderful !
Sun turnin' 'round with graceful motion
We're setting off with soft explosion


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 Post subject: Re: WWI Perfectaphone
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I almost wish you wouldn't have showed us those awesome labels, as now I HAVE to find one! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: WWI Perfectaphone
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:07 pm 
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travisgreyfox wrote:
I almost wish you wouldn't have showed us those awesome labels, as now I HAVE to find one! :lol:


-Travis


I bought them because of the labels, that I had never seen before. The music isn't very memorable.


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 Post subject: Re: WWI Perfectaphone
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A Pathé record...with care will live to speak to your grandchildren when they are as old as you are
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Given that the labels are inscribed "disques a saphir," may I safely surmise they are of the Pathé sapphire ball vertical cut?


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 Post subject: Re: WWI Perfectaphone
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:28 am 
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drh wrote:
Given that the labels are inscribed "disques a saphir," may I safely surmise they are of the Pathé sapphire ball vertical cut?


Yes, the Perfectaphones are vertical (hill-and-dale) records, to be played with the same sapphire used for Pathé records. In the 1910's Pathé had such a dominance on the French market that most of its competitors (Idéal, Corona, Opéra, Diamant etc) produced also vertical-cut records.


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