Which is which?


There were many advertisements during early 1900's promoting the realism of the talking machine.

In 1908 The Victor Talking Machine Company began an advertising campaign which directly asked the question: Can you really tell the difference between the actual performer and the Victor record, with "Which is which?" graphically positioned between an artist and a Victor machine.




Madame Melba, 1908




Enrico Caruso, 1908




Antonio Scotti, 1908





Marcella Sembrich, 1908





Geraldine Farrar, Colliers, 1908