The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

His Master's Voice: 1921

His Master's Voice: 1921

Waldman's music store in New York, May 1921. A nice selection of records and Victrolas, with Nipper keeping an eye on things. Does anyone know where this was? View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Marching Victrolas

What a terrifying picture. Those Victrolas look like they are on the attack, their doors flapping, in preparation to to eat unsuspecting listeners.

Smoking Section

1940's style -- We used the rooms to listen, smoke and sometimes buy. Smoking was acceptable almost anywhere but not by 15-year olds. We were bad and I know it.

Looks like my collection

I've easily got that many 78s in my collection, though not as nicely arranged. As for listening rooms, the smaller privately owned higher end audio shops will usually have them when you can find one.

Listening rooms

Interesting, that wooden archway in the rear of the store with windows appears to house a set of isolated listening rooms. A prospective buyer could listen to various models of Victrolas without being disturbed by other buyers.

I wish they would do more of the same in modern audiovisual stores, it's such a jumble of noises you can't tell if what you're going to buy actualy sounds good.

Wonder if they also used these rooms to sell records? The customer could listen to a record before buying it, after all, records were quite expensive at the time.

Waldman's Location

An advertisement from the April 26, 1924 issue of the New York Times lists a retail establishment owned by one William Waldman, 601 Ninth Avenue. The ad listed retailers who sold a brand of battery specifically for radio sets, so it is likely that this store is the one listed.

[Thanks, A.T.! - Dave]

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.