Phonozoic Text Archive, Document 009

"The Romantic and Practical Use of the Phonograph," Scientific American, March 10, 1894, p. 148.

The distinguished vocalist Mlle. Calve, it appears, has become quite expert in the use of the phonograph.  Here is what a reporter of the New York Sun says:

When Mlle. Calve was driven to the station yesterday afternoon to take the train for Boston a large box accompanied her, inside of which was packed carefully her beloved phonograph.  Never were there more inseparable companions than Mlle. Calve and her phonograph.  Two hours of each day she devotes entirely to it.  On Sundays, as soon as the French mail arrives, Calve shuts herself up in her room with her phonograph for nearly an entire day.  The explanation is simple enough.  Mlle. Calve is engaged to be married to Henri Cain, the Parisian painter.  To a woman of her temperament letters are not only a bore, but positively aggravating.  So when Calve left Paris, she and young Cain vowed to each other solemnly they would talk to each other for at least one hour each day.  Every Friday night while Mlle. Calve has been here a box containing the phonograph strips which she has used during the week was dispatched to Paris.  Next day, when the French ship got in, a similar box arrived from M. Cain.   Every little detail of her daily life, the news of each of her operatic triumphs, even her very songs, were poured by Mlle. Calve into the sympathetic ear of her phonograph.  Recently, in speaking of her experiment, Mlle. Calve said:

"I would advise all long distance lovers to follow my example.  It's such a comfort to hear the sound of your dear one's voice."