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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) (7)
Plastinka Zonophona (5)
The label scan is courtesy of Bill Breslin.
Zon-o-phone Record (5)

Zonophone (special) (4)
International Zonophone (435) new
Zonophone (Gramophone) (681) new
Zonophone (angel) (61)
Zonophone (brown) (12)
Zonophone (yellow) (8)
Disco Zonofono (4)
"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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(Mx/Ctr No)
TakeTitle Name (Composer)Artist(s), AccompanimentRec Date
Rec Place
CategoryOrder No
[xRef Nos]
Files
Russian, ItalianBaritone with orchestra
Opera Zazà: Cascart´s aria - Zazà, piccola zingara ( ) from Act 2 (Rugiero Leoncavallo)
Oscar Kamionsky, acc. orchestra1908
Moscow
Gramophone Concert
10284
(9 1 Q)
RussianBaritone with Piano
The merry world ( ), gypsy romance (O. de Beauvais)
Nikolay Seversky (Leleko), 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
12377
Italian
Dopo il ballo ( ), waltz
.1902
Disco Zonofono
1899
English
Laughing Coon
George W. Johnson, acc. piano1901
New York
Zon-o-phone Record (etched)
2-60523
(1594ae)
JewishOrchestra
Milashka - Moldovan Girl (Saturday and a violin), dance
Concert Orchestra, Conductor A.S. Olevsky09-1910
Wilna
Zonophone (Gramophone) 2-60523
2-62658
(2895L)
French, RussianBaritone with Orchestra
Opera Carmen: Toreador song ( ) (Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre) from Act 2 (Georges Bizet)
Oscar Kamionsky, acc. orchestra, Conductor Bruno Seidler-Winkler1905
St.-Petersburg
Zonophone (Gramophone), Gramophone Co. 2-62412
2-22794
(2895L)
2-63055
(1273ae)
Russianmezzo-soprano
Have Pity on Me ( ), romance (Nikolai Bakaleinikov)
Maria Karinskaya, acc. piano05-09-1910
Moscow
Zonophone (Gramophone) 2-63055
2-63059
(1277ae)
RussianMezzo-Soprano with Piano
It is not the wind that bends the bough ( ), romance (Alexandre Varlamov, Lyrics by Semen Stromilin)
Maria Karinskaya, acc. piano05-09-1910
Moscow
Zonophone (Gramophone) 2-63055
20870
(12777u)
AmericanOrchestra
The darkie´s dream, Musical sketch of negro life, part 1, character piece (V .Myddleton)
Gramophone Orchestra in Berlin, Conductor Bruno Seidler-Winkler1908
Berlin
Zonophone (Gramophone) 20870
20871
(12778u)
RussianOrchestra
The darkie´s dream, Musical sketch of negro life, part 2 ( , (2- )), character piece (V .Myddleton)
Gramophone Orchestra in Berlin, Conductor Bruno Seidler-Winkler1908
Berlin
Zonophone (Gramophone) 20870
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)
556
ItalianOrchestra
Far from the Ball, waltz
Milanese orchestraDisco Zonofono
562026
(6128L)
PolishComic
Hi, Antek (Serwus Antek), comic short story
Witold Witołdowski1907
Lvov
Zonophone (yellow)X-2-102503
(6128L)
562027
(6129L)
PolishComic
Do go, Manka [diminutive of Mary] (Chodźże Mańka)
Witold Witołdowski1907
Lvov
Zonophone (yellow)X-2-102504
(6129L)
562073
(12323L)
PolishBaritone with Orchestra
My mother (Matulu Moja)
Kajetan Kopczyński27-04-1911
Poznan
Zonophone (yellow)
562074
(12355L)
PolishBaritone with Orchestra
Help me, my compatriots, folk song
Kajetan Kopczyński29-04-1911
Poznan
Zonophone (yellow)
 
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