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Click to view all of's images By 1905, Mr. Johnson’s firm had sold over 200,000 'Victor' talking machines. But, despite its popularity, the exposed horn 'gramophone' was considered to be unsightly. To overcome that objection, Mr. Johnson found a way to conceal the horn inside fine wood cabinets, and the 'Victrola' was born. This photo, taken in 1907, shows Ernestine Schumann-Heink, a famous contralto, standing beside the Victor Victrola XVI.

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