Fads and fashions influenced the evolution of phonograph design in twentieth-century America, creating a vivid visual cavalcade. This beautiful volume is full of gleaming metal, glistening wood, pastel plastic, glowing dials, and fashionable fabrics. This is a story of developing style that stretches from the Victrola in the early 1900s to Quadraphonic sound of the 1970s. Yet the history of phonograph design is not just about eye-catching cabinetry, it is also the saga of our parents and grandparents, and the way they saw the world in which they lived. Through 340 color illustrations and detailed captions the development of phonograph design and sound reproduction is engagingly explored. All who are interested in phonograph collecting, design, art, music and twentieth-century social history will be fascinated by this book.
Timothy C. Fabrizio and George F. Paul are accomplished authorities on talking machines and are both residents of New York State. Tim currently restores and sells these machines. George's "Phonograph Forum" column has been a feature of the New Amberola Graphic* since 1983.
ch. 1. 1907-1919: the phonograph in disguise -- ch. 2. 1920-1929: toward a new visual identity -- ch. 3. 1930-1940: reverberations of deco -- ch. 4. 1941-1949: style in transition -- ch. 5. 1950-1977: fads, fashions and final frontiers.