Jules Chéret. Théâtrophone (Theater phone). 1890

Jules Chéret Théâtrophone (Theater phone) 1890

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Dial-up music services and coin-operated jukeboxes are not 20th-century innovations. In 1894 the Théâtrophone, and its London equivalent the Electrophone, were the first commercial systems to deliver broadcasts of opera and other musical events over a web of aerial and subterranean telephone wires. Chéret’s poster depicts a fashionable Parisian, dressed for a night at the Opera, listening to five centimes’ worth of live music, in stereo, at one of the Théâtrophone’s public booths. Behind her a queue of other customers waiting for a turn recedes into the shadowy distance.

Gallery label from Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, November 15, 2014–January 17, 2016.
48 15/16 x 34 3/8" (124.2 x 87.4 cm)
Imp. Chaix (Ateliers Chéret), Paris
Given anonymously
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© 2020 Jules Chéret / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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