What is Disquaires de Paris?
Using an interactive map, this website pays tribute to the record dealers and venders of phonograph cylinders, who allowed Parisians to discover recorded sound as early as the end of the 19th century. From the first phonograph dealers to the department stores of the Belle Époque and from the TSF repair specialists to the Armenian music stores of the Belleville neighborhood, hundreds of shops, specialized or not in the sale of recorded music, existed all over Paris. Some of them lasted several decades, others had a brief existence. Today, all are gone.
"Disquaires de Paris"aims to tell but a pièce of their story by providing visual artifacts (think: photographs, record sleeves, stickers, advertisements, ephemera) that attest to their past.
A timeline located above the map will let you navigate through the decades. This beta version of the site focuses on the first decades of the phonograph industry, which corresponds to the cylinder and 78 rpm record era. A forthcoming version will cover a longer period.