Out of attics and barns, out from under the dust of a century, out of collections far and wide come these spectacular survivors of the phograph's early years. In 1996, the authors began writing a history of recorded sound. After two successful books, they have continued traveling, researching and documenting these wonderful machines. Few could have imagined how much remained to be discovered! Out of these further explorations, this gorgeous new book has come to life-illustrating entirely different talking machines. Through over 400 beautiful color illustrations, follow the progress of the acoustic talking machine from its crude beginnings in the 1870s to its most splendid and sophisticated heights in the early 20th century. An unparalleled archive of rare, fascinating, and previously undocumented objects has been assembled. The story behind the beautiful, bright machinery is told through clear and insightful descriptions, revealing many previously unpublished facts. A value guide will further enlighten the collector on the modern marketplace. Be ready to embark on an astounding journey. Prepare to discover the incredible variety and endearing charm of the antique phograph.unding journey. Prepare to discover the incredible variety and endearing charm of the antique phograph.
Timothy C. Fabrizio and George F. Paul are accomplished authorities on talking machines and are both residents of New York State. Tim is currently restoring and dealing these machines. George's Phonograph Forum column has been a feature of the New Amberola Graphic since 1983.