Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dog Listening to the Radio



Today's picture is from 1922, and it shows a woman listening to the radio with her dog. The woman apparently was a famous Russian who was driven out of Russia by the Bolshevist. Her name was Bernhardt, but am not sure what she was famous for.

I have enjoyed the comments of people remembering listening to old time radio with family and friends. Back in the day, there was one radio in the home, and people sat together around it. Today, everyone has an ipod like device, and isolates them from the rest of the world, and communication is through texting. Somewhere, something important has been lost in all this.

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful! The other night my cat and I watched a documentary together, her eyes widened every time a bird or other animal (except humans! We are boring to her) came on screen!

    The documentary mentioned Beatrice Harrison who performed cello with a nightingale in the woods, broadcast on the bbc radio on the 19th of May 1924, they had to stop the broadcast because of war planes flying over where she was in the woods with the bird! But they kept recording it! I listened to it and it is quite haunting and I can't imagine what it would have been like back then with the war and this sad cello song and lonely bird song together! I recommend checking it out if you have not heard it! So interesting! There are some beautiful old pictures of her too!
    Zoë x

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  2. I remember how proud I was of my first transistor radio. The batteries only lasted a day or two. And the sound was terrible, but I had music when I went outside.

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  3. Sarah Bernhardt, the great movie star. Her name came up often when I was a teenager in Europe.

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  4. Sarah Bernhardt was a French women.
    I will admit the photo that PJM posted may look like Sarah , PJM said she was from Russia.

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  5. Me again. Can't be Sarah B. unless the date of picture is incorrect. Sarah would have been one step away from her deathbed in 1922.

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  6. That is a great photograph! They certainly look very interested in the program.

    The chair is very beautiful with its carved wood.

    My husband's maternal grandparents are from Russia. They managed to escape Stalinist Russia to Nazi Germany, where, even though they weren't Nazis they were safer. His great grandfather, however was starved to to death in Siberia for being a Christian.

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  7. Reminds me of the dog in "His Master's Voice" that I recall being interested in when I saw it on Mom and Dad's old windup Victrola.
    That dog visible today at

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His_Master%27s_Voice

    among other places I'm sure.

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  8. Mme. Asta Souvorina, and "the Bernhardt of Russia", ... and Buster [dog] listening in on the radiophone.

    BTW, Sarah Bernhardt's last performance was in 1922.

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  9. Trying to stay focused on the gadgets of yesterday... I believe that in 1922 they called this device a Radio Phone. It picked up some music, weather and crop forcasts, and influential speakers of the day. Westinghouse set up 4 stations and I'll bet Ms. Bernhardt is listening to one of them when this picture was snapped. All four stations are still on the air today and are now cranking 50,000 watts, KDKA Pittsburg, WABC New York, WBZ Boston, and KTW Philadelphia.

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  10. The history of "his masters voice"

    http://www.designboom.com/history/nipper.html

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