Story: Recording companies and studios

The Talkeries, 1920s

The Talkeries, 1920s

In the era before gramophones (record players) were found in most households, people could listen to records in shops set up for that purpose. This 1920s advertisement for the Talkeries, in Wellington's Willis Street, shows that it sold records and equipment for playing them, but also played records on its own premises for listening and dancing to. At top left and right are free-standing gramophones, perhaps also combined with a radio. At lower right is a table-top gramophone. At lower left a family listens to a gramophone while a couple dances to its music. 

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Mark Derby, 'Recording companies and studios - Birth of a recording industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 22 Oct 2014