Record Stores and Advertisements
New York and mail order customers were served by a wide range of retail stores selling phonographs and recordings. Here are representative advertisements and translations from La America and La Varah, the pre-eminent Ladino language newspapers of the early to mid-20th century. Please contact us with any information about these stores!
Partial List of Stores
Simonides and Anthony
International Phonograph Co. (La America, 17 May 1912, p. 3)
I. Farhi Phonograph Co. (La Vara 13 Feb 1925, p. 8)
Source: La America, 10 Sep 1920, p. 6
Source: La America, 25 Nov 1921, p. 3
Source: La America, 4 Aug 1922, p. 2
Source: La America, 3 Nov 1922, p. 2
Source: La America, 3 Nov 1922, p. 4
Top: Orfeon and Odeon. Haim Effendi, and others.
Source: La Vara, 13 Feb 1925, P. 8
"Phonograph Records of the best singers of Turkey such as Messrs. Isaac, Moiz Cazes and Menahem Tsarfati of New York. We also send disks to locations outside New York."
Translation: Dr. Hayim Y. Sheynin
Bottom line: "La vida do por el raki" by Mr. Isaac Angel.
Source: La Vara, 26 Jul 1929. p. 8
Source: La Vara, 30 Dec 1938, p. 3
We just received phonograph records with Spanish, Turkish and Hebrew songs from the well known singer Haim Effendi and other renowned singers.
These records with songs will make you remember the fun from our home city.
Source: La Vara, 12 Jan 1940, p. 7Z
Undated catalog, ca. 1948. Note: The Mayesh releases listed here on Balkan were actually released on Me-Re.
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