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Talking Machine World & Radio Merchant (1905 - 1930)

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Dec 8, 2007
Link: http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Talking_Machine_World.htm

"Talking Machine World" was a monthly magazine published in New York City between 1905 and 1928. During that time it was the main trade magazine dealing with phonographs and early sound recordings, including cylinders and discs. In later years it also covered radio products, and in 1929 was renamed "Talking Machine World and Radio Music Merchant", becoming Radio Merchant in 1930

The magazine was founded and edited by "Colonel" Edward Lyman Bill (1862-1916), who had been editor of another magazine, The Music Trade Review. The content included information on sales in different areas, on new innovations, and on the activities of recording artists. The magazine also featured a wide variety of advertisements for phonographs, other equipment, and new record releases. Issues from 1916 averaged about 100 pages, but by 1920, as the recording industry expanded, issues were routinely over 200 pages in length.

After Mr Lyman's death, the magazine was edited by his son, Raymond Bill. The journal became Talking Machine & Radio Music Merchant in 1929, and then simply Radio Merchant in 1930.