Phonograph Advertisements


A significant part of the history of the phonograph is the history of its advertisements.

Select from the thematic galleries below or use the PhonoAds Table of Contents.

Pre-1900 Ads


"Looking for the Band"


Artists Inside the Horn"



1900-1905 Ads


Edison's 1905 Double Service Phonograph (1)


1905-1910 Ads





"Which is which?"


The Stage of the World


1910-1915 Ads


1915-1920 Ads


1920 - 1930 Ads


1930-1940 Ads


1940-1945 Ads


1945-1950 Ads


Shopping for a Phonograph



At Home or at the Opera


Happy Homes - Something for Everyone



Hear it Anywhere!




Visions of Artists in the Home


Phonograph Billboards and Signs


January 1919 Phonograph Ads



New Victor Records January 1919



"Clear as a Bell" - The Sonora Phonograph


Portable Phonographs


The Victor Book of the Opera


"Advergraphs" - Slogans, Phrases and Logos


The Columbia Twentieth Century Graphophone



The Brownies and the Phonograph


Nipper, Dogs and the Phonograph


Appealing to the customer's 'human' side





Willa Cather's Prototypes Who Were Recording Artists



Victor Historic Audio Advertising by the Victor Company 1896-1907


See Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication (Chapter 12) for a history of advertising and some context for phonograph advertisements at the end of the 19th and throughout the 20th century. (University of Minnesota's Library of Publishing).