Welcome to René Rondeau's
Antique Phonograph, Fan, and Photography Site
Updated 4/21/18. (See what's new.)
This site is devoted to three of
my primary interests. I hope you will share my fascination with arcane 19th century
Antique Phonographs have been an all-consuming passion of mine since I bought
my first one as a 12 year-old child in 1961. Even after 58 years I still find these
amazing pieces of early technology to be endlessly fascinating. The picture above,
taken in 1962, shows my dog 'Stubby' standing in for Nipper (with a Columbia BKT
instead of a Berliner).
One great truism about collecting is that we
never really own these treasures, we are just temporary caretakers. Like many of
my friends, I have decided it's time to downsize my collections a bit and let other
collectors have the pleasure of enjoying some of these great machines. In 2017/2018
I have sold approximately one-third of my phonograph collection and over half of
my fans. I still have more wonderful antiques than I have room for, however, and
I have added several new acquisitions at the same time as selling others. Machines
on these pages that are marked with an asterisk (*) are no longer in my collection,
but I hope the descriptions and photographs of these machines will still be helpful
for other collectors for historic reference.
In addition to phonographs of the late 19th and early 20th century, I also enjoy
electric fans of the same era, especially those sold by Thomas Edison.
WET PLATE COLLODION PHOTOGRAPHY
I am an avid practitioner of wet plate collodion photography as practiced from
the 1850s to about 1880.
Other topics of interest: