Phonograph use, USA, 1939

Phonograph use, USA, 1939

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Caption: Phonograph use. Mexican boy and girl playing a record on a phonograph, in San Antonio, Texas, USA, in March 1939. The phonograph, invented by Thomas Edison in 1877, is a device used to record and play back sounds. This model is a Victrola phonograph from the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey, USA. Victrolas had a turntable and internal horn, and were designed to look like a piece of furniture. This image was obtained by US photographer Russell Lee (1903-1986) while working for a US government photography project that documented everyday American life between 1935 and 1944.

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