Welcome to René Rondeau's
Antique Phonograph, Fan, and Photography Site

Updated 6/28/14. (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 technology!


ANTIQUE PHONOGRAPHS

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 53 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).

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY ANTIQUE PHONOGRAPH MUSEUM.


ANTIQUE FANS

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.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO A GALLERY OF MY SMALL COLLECTION OF RARE FANS.


WET PLATE COLLODION PHOTOGRAPHY

I am an avid practitioner of wet plate collodion photography as practiced from the 1850s to about 1880.

CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW WET-PLATE COLLODION IMAGES ARE MADE

PLEASE VISIT MY AMBROTYPE and TINTYPE GALLERY.


Other topics of interest:

THOMAS A. EDISON, JUNIOR HOMEPAGE

A TRIBUTE TO WILLIAM C. PTACEK, PHONOGRAPH COLLECTOR/MACHINIST WITHOUT PEER

A TRIBUTE TO DAVE HEITZ, "The Edison Connection"