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Zonophone, early on also rendered as Zon-O-Phone was a record label founded in 1899 in Camden, New Jersey by Frank Seaman. The Zonophone name was not that of the company, but was applied to the records and machines sold by Seaman from 1899-1900 to 1903.

Seaman had worked for Emile Berliner's Berliner Gramophone. Seaman decided to start his own company to produce disc records and disc phonographs. Seaman's Zon-O-Phone records design and technology were shamelessly stolen from Berliner, and the machines similarly copied from the products of Eldridge R. Johnson's Consolidated Talking Machine Company. Astoundingly, Seaman then sued Berliner and Johnson for violating his technology! With the help of lawyer Phillip Mauro, Seaman arranged for an alliance with Columbia Record (then manufacturing only cylinder records and machines), arguing that the patents held by Columbia concerning cylinders applied to any type of recording where a stylus vibrated in a groove, and that Zon-O-Phone would pay royalties if Columbia helped him drive Berliner out of business. In 1900 Seaman and Mauro succeeded in getting a judge to file an injunction that Berliner and Johnson stop making their products. Inventors were deprived of their rights on their own inventions!

Johnson and Berliner counter-sued, and the following year emerged victorious in courtprompting the name of their new combined company, TheVictor.

Further legal actions dragged on until 1903, when all of the United States and Latin American assets of Zon-O-Phone were turned over to Victor, and the Europe and British Commonwealth assets to the Gramophone & Typewriter Company (which would later become the Gramophone Company and launch the His Master's Voice label).

Gramophone Company continued use of the "Zonophone" name to market cheaper records.
Zon-o-phone Record (etched) (8)
Plastinka Zonophona (6)
The label scan is courtesy of Bill Breslin.
Zon-o-phone Record (6)

Zonophone (special) (8)
International Zonophone (552)
Zonophone (Gramophone) (897)
Zonophone (angel) (85)
Zonophone (brown) (13)
Zonophone (yellow) (8)
Disco Zonofono (2)
"Light-Blue" Zonophones are the most expensive records in the world. On Kurt Nauck's auction the similar record is offered for $5000!.
Disque Zonophone (6)
British Zonophone (5)
 
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TakeTitle Name (Composer)Artist(s), AccompanimentRec Date
Rec Place
Label(s)Order No
[xRef Nos]
Files
508
Italian
: , opera (. )
( 22- , -)., Conductor 1901
-
Zon-o-phone Record (etched)
521
English
King Edward VII March (John Philip Sousa)
acc. orchestra, Conductor F.W.Hager~1901Zon-o-phone Record (etched)
1899
English
Laughing Coon
George W. Johnson, acc. piano1901
New York
Zon-o-phone Record (etched)
5774
(Yy 50517-I)
EnglishBaritone with Orchestra
Little Russian Rose, song (French & Dayer)
Norman Blair, acc. orchestra~-12-1930
London
British Zonophone5774
9692
Russian
God Save the Tsar! (, !), anthem (Alexei Lvov, lyrics by Vasily Zhukovsky)
Vasily Dmitriev1901
New York
Zon-o-phone Record (etched)
9704
RussianBaritone with Piano
Kiss me to death ( ), couplets
Vasily Dmitriev, acc. piano1901
New York
Zon-o-phone Record (etched)
10284
(91Q)
RussianBaritone with Piano
The merry world ( ), gypsy romance (O. de Beauvais)
Nikolay Seversky, acc. piano~1902
St.-Petersburg
Zon-o-phone Record (etched)
11993
FrenchOrchestra
The Blue Danube (Le Beau Danube Bleu), waltz (Johann Strauss II)
French Republic Guard's OrchestraParisDisque Zonophone
11994
FrenchOrchestra
Love and Spring (Amour et Printemps)
French Republic Guard's OrchestraParisDisque Zonophone
60024-
(1165r)
RussianTenor with Orchestra
Operette Les Cloches de Corneville: Je regardais en lair ( ), operetta (Planquette)
Nikolay Bolshakov, acc. Zonophone own Orchestra06-1906
St.-Petersburg
Zon-o-phone Record, Gramophone Co.2-22950
(1165r)
60024-
(1168r)
RussianTenor with Orchestra
Operette Les Cloches de Corneville: Va, petit mousse (, ), operetta (Planquette)
Nikolay Bolshakov, acc. Zonophone own Orchestra06-1906
St.-Petersburg
Zon-o-phone Record, Gramophone Co.2-22953
(1168r)
60031-A
(2468r)
UkrainianChoir
Broken heart ("I saw the wind break the birch tree..."), song (Anton Rubinstein, arr. Mikhail Kolotilin, lyrics by Vladimir Alexandrov)
Chorus of Terek and Kuban Cossacks of the guards of the governor of His Imperial Majesty in Caucasus, Conductor Mikhail Kolotilin1907
Tiflis
Zon-o-phone Record, Gramophone Co.60031
3-24565
(2468r)
60031-B
(2470r)
RussianChoir
Six songs for four-voice male chorus, op. 50: Walking on water ( ), song (Felix Mendelssohn)
Chorus of Terek and Kuban Cossacks of the guards of the governor of His Imperial Majesty in Caucasus, Conductor Mikhail Kolotilin1907
Tiflis
Zon-o-phone Record, Gramophone Co.60031
3-24567
(2470r)
60032-A
(7458L)
RussianBaritone
Tender embraces forgotten ( ), gypsy romance (A.Lenin)
Iokim Ivanovich (Stepanovich?) Kartashov, acc. piano1908
Moscow
Zon-o-phone RecordX-62769
(7458L)
60032-B
(7459L)
RussianBaritone
Dont go away, stay with me ( , ), gypsy romance (Nikolai Zubov)
Iokim Ivanovich (Stepanovich?) Kartashov, acc. piano1908
Moscow
Zon-o-phone RecordX-62770
(7459L)
62292
(2561)
RussianBaritone with piano
The Burial mound (), ballad (Yulij I. Bleikhman)
Vasily S. Sharonov, acc. piano03-1901
St.-Petersburg
E.Berliner Gramophone62292
(2561)
62332
(2754k)
RussianBaritone with Piano
Persian Song ( ) (Anton G. Rubinstein)
Pavel Z. Andreev, acc. piano1906
St.-Petersburg
Gramophone Record 762332
(2754k)
62398
(2954k)
RussianTenor with Piano
With the sweet scent of lilac ( ), romance (B.S.Plotnikov)
Andrej Labinsky, acc. piano1905
St.-Petersburg
Zonophone (Gramophone), Gramophone Co.2-22207
(2954k)
 
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