China, Kan-su (Ch’ing-shui). Natives listening to a phonograph.[Title from recto of photo mount.]
Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962, American, Austrian)
Shixiang, Gansu Sheng, China
April 11, 1925
Excerpt from April 11, 1925: “We go to an inn about the second house to the left, where I stop in a room containing the family shrine, grains, etc. I opened the phonograph and gave the people of Ch’ing-shui a concert. They had never seen such a thing as a phonograph and stood in amazement massed around the music box listening to Caruso’s “Celeste Aida,” the Quartet of “Rigoletto,” etc. I took several pictures of the mob while they listened to the phonograph. I then took the phonograph to the top of the roof and photographed the throng that gathered on the roofs of the houses across the narrow dirty street.” (111)
–Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 2, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library.
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