Tut-mania and the Phonograph

King Tut Mania and Phonograph Connections circa 1923

 

 

The Reflecta-Gem was a phonograph made in England circa 1923 based on the German Niroan Phonograph. It's decoration was designed to exploit the Egyptian "Tutmania" craze that was sweeping the world after British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen entered the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt on November 26, 1922.

This gallery features a few artifacts and ephemera from 1923 displaying the commercialization by the Phonograph industry of King Tut.

 

 

 

Listen to Edison Record 51155-L

Edison Disc 51155-L Old King Tut Released in June 1923

(Date courtesy of Edison Disc Recordings compiled by Raymond R. Wile)

 

 

Phonograph Distributor Ad, The Talking Machine World, March 1923

 

 

 

"If King Tut were living to-day he would own a Sonora."

The Talking Machine World, April 1923

 

 

 

The Talking Machine World, April 1923

 

 

 

 

The Strong Record Co., The Talking Machine World, April 1923

 

 

 

King Tut Window Display, The Talking Machine World, May 1923

 

 

 

"Old King Tut" and "Barney Google," Columbia A-3902, The Talking Machine World, July 1923

 

 

 

"Old King Tut", Columbia matrix 80992, composed by Harry Von Tilzer, performed by The Georgians Recorded April 27, 1923, New York, Columbia Record A3902, Label Courtesy DAHR

LISTEN Audio from UCSB Library (1)

 

 

 

 

2012 Version of Old King Tut on HBO's Broadway Empire episode, Season 3 - WATCH

 

 

 

 

 

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