Welcome to René Rondeau's
Antique Phonograph and
Updated 2/22/21. (See what's new.)
This site is devoted to some 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 60 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 BQ
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 the past few years I've sold over a third of my collection. These pages represent what I have currently.
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: