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Small phonograph company Poliakin & Sons operated from 1910 to 1914 [1]. The label began its activity in Berlin by issuing records with Russian repertoire using masters bought from German companies Stella, Beka and etc.

Judging by the existing copies of records, the company achieved certain perfection in the business of copying somebody elses records: on this record the own announcement is attached to the copied phonogram! One can make this conclusion after careful listening to the record: the announcement sounds indistinctly and faintly, while the orchestra sounds brightly and richly.

Supposedly, for achieving this goal they used a pantograph with attached to it mouthpiece. The process might work this way: first they started the recorder, then spoke necessary phrase into the mouthpiece, then without stopping started the playback of the original record. Since all records have more or less prolonged lead-in groove, there should be a lapse between the end of the phrase and the beginning of the actual sound this is exactly what we observe! Usually there is no such delay on the original recordings.

Using this hi-tech technology combined with social skills of Poliakin-senior explains the fact why all attempts of thieved artists to stop the illegal business ended up without success - wise Poliakin-senior befriended with local police as well as with fathers of the city, so they closed their eyes on all his pranks[3].

After passing of the Copyright Law in March 20, 1911, the company began making its own recording, mostly with folk music [2].


1. P.Grunberg. The History of Gramophone in Russia., p.176
2. A.Zheleznyj. Our Friend a Record., p.81
3. A.Tikhonov. The unknown Centennial War. From the history of musical piracy in Russia. Part 3. (in Russian)
Poliaphone-Record (red) (30)
Poliaphone-Record (pink) (11)
Poliaphone-Record (orange) (4)
Poliaphone-Record (black) (3)
Poliaphone-Record (three angels) (2)
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(Mx/Ctr No)
TakeTitle Name (Composer)Artist(s), AccompanimentRec Date
Rec Place
Label(s)Order No
[xRef Nos]
Soldier Life ( ), march
OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
The Triumphal March ( ) (Opera Aida) (Giuseppe Verdi, lyrics by Antonio Gislanzoni, based on: Camille Du Locle / Francois Auguste Ferdinan Mariet: )
Poliaphone Company own OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
R.P. 927
germanbrass orchestra
Forge in the Forest (Die Schmiede im Walde), character piece (Theodor Michaelis)
Extraphone Orchestra, Conductor I.F.SokolovSt.PetersburgPoliaphone-Record (red), Extraphone21752
R.P. 928
germanbrass orchestra
Mill in Schwarzwald (Die Mühle im Schwarzwald), character piece (Richard Eilenberg)
Poliaphone-Record (red)
russianbrass band
Longing for Motherland ( ), waltz (D.M. Trifonov, arr. Franz J. Kroupa, V. Poliakin)
"Poliaphone" Orchestra (?)OdessaPoliaphone-Record (red)
P.-R. 5001
russianbrass band
Longing for Motherland ( ), march (D.M. Trifonov, arr. Franz J. Kroupa, V. Poliakin)
"Poliaphone" Orchestra (?)Poliaphone-Record (red)
Expectation (), waltz (Herold L. Kitler)
Poliaphone Company OrchestraOdessaPoliaphone-Record (red)
Ruthenian potpourri, Part I ( (I )), medley
Poliaphone Company own OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (black)
Ruthenian potpourri, Part II ( (II )), medley
Poliaphone Company own OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (black)
french, germanbrass band
Margarita (La Bella Lolita), waltz (Léon Vasseur, arr. Camillo Morena)
"Poliaphone" OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
french, germanorchestra
Margarita (La Bella Lolita), waltz (Léon Vasseur, arr. Camillo Morena)
Poliaphone Company own Orchestra
Waltz () (Opera Faust) (Charles Gounod, lyrics by Jules Barbier, Michel Carre, based on: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The tragedy Faust)
OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (three angels)
Waltz () (Opera The Geisha) (Sydney Jones)
OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (three angels)
España (), waltz (Emile Waldteufel)
Poliaphone OrchestraBerlinPoliaphone-Record (black)
russian, german
Grandpa () (Klarinettenmuckel), polka
Poliaphone Company own Orchestra ?BerlinPoliaphone-Record (red)
P.-R. 5065
russianbrass band
You Fell as the Victims (Funeral) ( ()), march song
Symphony Orchestra in BerlinPoliaphone-Record (red)
Glowworm Idyll (Glühwürmchen-Idyll) ( "" (Glühwürmchen-Idyll)), ballroom dance (Operetta Lysistrata) (Paul Lincke, lyrics by Heinrich Bolten-Baeckers)
Poliaphone Company own OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
P.-R. 5075
Queen Draga ( ), waltz (M.Gugel (?))
"Poliaphone" Orchestra (?)Poliaphone-Record (red)
P.-R. 5076
Kaporsky Waltz ( ) (Greenberg)
"Poliaphone" Orchestra (?)Poliaphone-Record (red)
Pompadour (), dance
OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
Hungarian Dance ()
OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
P.-R. 5173
Hello to the Comrades ( ), march (Michael Naigauz)
"Poliaphone" OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
P.-R. 5175
Nadezhda (The Hope) (), waltz (R.I.Naigauz)
"Poliaphone" OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
P.-R. 5185
russianbrass band
The days of our life ( ), march (Leo Isaacovich Chernetzky)
"Poliaphone" OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
P.-R. 5186
russianbrass band
Oj-Ra! Oj-Ra! (-! -!), polka
"Poliaphone" OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
P.-R. 5359
russiansoprano with violin and piano
Had You But Known ( ), romance (Luigi Denza)
Maria Emskaya, acc. violin and piano1910
Poliaphone-Record (pink), Stella Record12247
P.-R. 5360
I love you eternally ( ), romance (Nikolay Zubov, lyrics by Vladimir Myatlev)
Maria A. EmskayaPoliaphone-Record (pink)
ukrainian, russiantenor with piano
The Sun is Low ( ), folk song
[ru].., acc. [ru], Conductor M.L.KrapivnitskyPoliaphone-Record (orange), Stella Record12578
ukrainian, russiantenor with piano
Roared and Groaned The Dnepr River ( ), folk song
P.Lobeznikov, acc. piano, Conductor M.L.KropivnitskyPoliaphone-Record (orange), Stella Record
P.-R. 5479
russiansolo with choir
Dashing merchant (-), song (lyrics by Ivan Nikitin)
Russian folk choir of V. Varshavskiy, Conductor Vasiliy S. VarshavskiyPoliaphone-Record (pink)
P.-R. 5480
russiansolo with chor
The last day ( ), folk song
Russian Folk Choir of V. Varshavsky, Conductor Vasily S. VarshavskyPoliaphone-Record (pink)
P-R 5580
Peasant polka ( ) (I.B.Poliakin)
Poliaphone Company own OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
P-R 5581
Godmother Helena ( ), polka (arr. I.B.Poliakin)
Poliaphone Company own OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
polishharmony orchestra
Krakowiak, folk dance (Radermacher)
Harmony Orchestra of V.S. Varshavsky, Conductor Vasily VarshavskyPoliaphone-Record (pink), Stella Record12609
russianharmony orchestra
Village Trepak ( ), folk dance
Harmony Orchestra of V.S. Varshavsky, Conductor Vasily VarshavskyPoliaphone-Record (pink)
P.-R. 5638
Seven-Fourty (-), dance (arr. A.B.V.)
Orchesta "Stella"Poliaphone-Record (red), Stella Record12746
P.-R. 5639
russian, jewishorchestra
Milashka - Moldovan Girl ( - ), dance (Subbota, arr. A.B.V.)
Orchesta "Stella"Poliaphone-Record (red), Stella Record12782
P.-R. 5704
Comic questions ( ), comic scene
Bim-Bom (Ivan Radunsky & M.Stanevsky)Poliaphone-Record (pink), Stella Record12592
P.-R. 5705
russiancomic scene
A comic scene ( )
Bim-Bom (Ivan Radunsky & M. Stanevsky), acc. guitar, mandolinPoliaphone-Record (pink), Stella Record12587
God Save the Tsar ( ), anthem (Alexey F. Lvov, lyrics by Vasily Zhukovsky)
OrchestraPoliaphone-Record (red)
P-R. 14058
russian, italiansoprano with orchestra
Prayer ( ) (Vissi darte) (Opera La Tosca, act 2) (Giacomo Puccini, lyrics by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, based on: Victorien Sardu: Drama La Tosca)
?, acc. orchestraPoliaphone-Record (orange)
P-R. 14059
russian, frenchsoprano with orchestra
Une dame noble et sage ( ) (Opera Les Huguenots, act 1) (Giacomo Meyerbeer, lyrics by Eugene Scribe, Emile Deschamps, based on: [ru] [ru]Prosper Merimee: The novel Chronique du regne de Charles IX)
?, acc. " " (orchestra)Poliaphone-Record (orange)
P.R. 14064
russianbaritone with piano
Tomskys Ballad - Once in Versailles (Three cards) ( - ( )) (Opera Queen of Spades, act 1) (Pyotr Tchaikovsky, lyrics by Modest Tchaikovsky, based on: Alexander Pushkin: The story The Queen of Spades)
Alexander Bragin, acc. pianoPoliaphone-Record (pink), Stella Record12237
P.R. 14065
russianbaritone with piano
Prince Eletzkys aria - I love you ( - ) (Opera Queen of Spades, act 2) (Pyotr Tchaikovsky, lyrics by Modest Tchaikovsky, based on: Alexander Pushkin: The story The Queen of Spades)
Alexander Bragin, acc. pianoPoliaphone-Record (pink)
russianbaritone with piano
Tomskys song - If Only Darling Maidens ( - ) (Opera Queen of Spades, act 3) (Pyotr Tchaikovsky, lyrics by Modest Tchaikovsky, based on: Alexander Pushkin: The story The Queen of Spades)
Alexander Bragin, acc. pianoSt.-PetersburgPoliaphone-Record (pink), Stella Record14066
Viens Poupoule (Femails Only), polka (Adolph Spalm)
Poliaphone Company own Orchestra ?Odessa ?Poliaphone-Record (red)
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