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The Voice: 1921

The Voice: 1921

"Alda -- May 1921." The Australian soprano and frequent Caruso collaborator Frances Alda shipboard in New York. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.


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That $4 price was for a one sided record. Victor Red Seals were all one sided until the early 1920's when they began to issue them as two sides, often coupling earlier recordings together.

Camera type

Looks like a hand-cranked 35mm film movie camera. Anyone know what type? Alda has a very modern - today - hair style. Pity about the poor animal around her neck.

[Most of what we see on her head are feathers. - tterrace]


That $4.00 price printed around the spindle hole would be about $95 today. I hope that was for the whole album, not just the one record.

[That was the price of the one disc; the red label Victors were top of the line, reserved for super-star artists. Albums of multiple discs were still in the future. -tterrace]

The local angle

I've known of the Caruso-Alda collaborations since childhood because of this family artifact that was in our house when I was growing up. This 12-inch 78 undoubtedly came from my mother's side of the family. I can't remember when I first played it, but eventually did so enough that I can still hear it in my mind's ear.

Geek details: It was recorded on January 6, 1910 in New York City, and this pressing dates from before 1915.

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