are phonograph connections
with the Phonograph.
has a string going from
the phonograph to whatever completes that connection.
This site is a
virtual scrapbook of
Most phonographia connections
are one to one with many of those examples displayed within
the context of a phonograph related theme or a phonograph ad.
Some, however, have multiple degrees of separation which
require multiple strings to complete the phonographia connection.
The end point of each string can be a focal point and its own
culture examples in Phonographia feature phonograph ads,
ephemera and related connections in the arts and daily life.
Two key factolas
about the phonograph:
1) The Phonograph
changed the human perception of ephemeral sound.
2) The Phonograph
was a machine that started a social and cultural revolution.
Records revolved and played "bottled
up" music and speech anytime, anywhere and as often
The purpose of
advertising is to persuade the consumer that your product is
needed and specifically that yours is the one that should be
purchased. Early phonograph ads
used standard consumer oriented themes to show that the phonograph
was a necessity
for the home (particularly for a happy
home); was the best gift that could be given for everyone
in the family; was superior, improved, wonderful,
best value; or by describing some attribute that no competitor
supposedly could match.
The Best Seat
in the House!
also became prototypes for descendent home entertainment devices.
It was the first product for the home to make the
unique promise of offering "the
best seat in the house" with its 'live' entertainment
captured on records for home and personal entertainment. To
have such performances was likened to everyone being able to
to enjoy entertainment previously limited to kings or millionaires
or the possessor of Aladdin's lamp.