Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 458

Price Realized: $ 1,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 800
STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER. TELEPHONE AND JUBILEE CONCERT. The Marvelous Singing Telephone and Uncle Tom and his Jubilee Singers. Double sided broadside advertisement, 9-3/8 x 5-7/8 inches, printed in a variety of fonts; with reviews on reverse. Kingston, New York: Daily Freeman, 1878

Additional Details

a very early exploitation of the revolutionary new device, in this almost surreal concert combining a Jubilee Singers [not the Fisk group] format of old slave songs and shouts together with the sound being transmitted via telegraph/telephone. In 1876 the telephone had just been invented; Alexander Graham Bell had secured the patent, but licenses for general use had not as yet been granted.
Apparently the Singers would perform at some other location and the music would then be piped into the concert hall--in this case a church--via telephone. The text informs us that the Jubilee Singers carry the telegraph apparatus with them, there being only one such instrument in the West.