Unpacking a Victrola

I got this real photo postcard of Chicago this weekend at my postcard club meeting. It shows Cornell Avenue going south from 51st Boulevard. In the distance there are two women walking on the sidewalk and an old auto.

It was mailed in 1907 from Chicago to Camden. “My dear Mrs. Lyon, I’m unpacking a Victrola recently. I found your address with request for postal. This is a little view of our street just a block from Lake Michigan. Wishing you a “Merry Christmas” and that the New Year will be a prosperous and very happy one. I am, sincerely, Mrs. Marion Barger.”

There is a website dedicated to phonographs made by the Victor Talking Machine Company. It points out the differences between an external horn phonograph, a Victrola, and an Electrola. “If your Victor-brand phonograph has the horn inside the cabinet, typically with small doors that open and close in front of the horn opening (as shown below), you have a Victrola, which was the exclusive name the Victor gave to this particular design of phonograph.”

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