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Leo Bernard CURTH  1875 - 1933   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

PIONEER

Leo Bernard CURTH  1875 - 1933

aka Leo Bernard Curth, L. B. Curth, Leo Curth, L. Curth
nationality
occupation
birth 28 June 1875, Raciborz, POLAND
baptism
death .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1933, St Martin, London, ENGLAND
burial
marriage (1) married on .. July/Aug/Sep 1902, London City to:
Martha Grapenthin

b. ....<1872>, ........
d. ...............


children
  • Harry

    b. 14 Oct 1903
    d. 16 Oct 1903

  • Marga

    b. 3 Dec 1904
    d. 4 Dec 1904

marriage (2)
Elisabeth van ENDERT

b. 31 Dec 1876, Neuss am Rhein, GERMANY
d. 27 Feb 1956, Zürich, SWITZERLAND


(soprano opera singer Elisabeth van Endert, daughter of Rudolf and Elisabeth van Endert, was first married to Karl(?) BÖHM († 1916). In 1939 she married Hans M. Mathes in Bromley, Kent, ENGLAND. In 1943 she marries Wilhelm Furtwängler)


PARENTS

father Adolf KOHN

b. .............
d. ............

mother Selma GOLDSTEIN

b. .............
d. ...........

children
  • Leo Bernard

    b. 28 June 1875, Raciborz, POLAND
    d. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1933, St Martin, London, ENGLAND

  • Georg

    b. 28 Aug 1876, .........
    d. 2 Jan 1943, Campana, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

  • Paul

    b. 29 May 1878, ..........
    d. 30 Dec 1927, Zürich, SWITZERLAND

  • Wilhelm Richard

    b. 11 Feb 1882, .........
    d. .................

  • Rosa

    b. 17 Dec 1887, ............
    d. ................


LIFE



Leo COHN (22y) (Ratibor, Schlesien)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Martha GRAPENTHIN (25y) (residence: Vienna, AUSTRIA)
SS "PALATIA"
dep.: 11 Dec 1897, Hamburg, GERMANY
arr.: .. Dec 1897, New York
Since Leo Cohn and Martha Grapenthin were not travelling as a couple (their names are listed separately on the passenger list) it is possible that they met for the first time on board the SS "PALATIA"...


From ca. 1900 to 1906 Director (probably originally in England) of the American Electrical) Novelty Company (Ever-Ready pocketlanterns/flash lights) (PhZ 7/25/537 = 21 June 1906)

mid-1906 joins INTERNATIONAL TALKING MACHINE COMPANY (source: Phonographische Zeitschrift 7. Jahrg., No. 25, p. 538? (21 June 1906))
In March 1907 he left the ITMC for health reasons (PhZ 8/12/323 of 21 March 1907 & dS - /15/350 = 6 April 1907)

2nd Director DGAG (next to Rodkinson) PhZ 8/15/384 = 11 April 1907 & dS 15/350 = 6 April 1907

In 1908 goes for 6 weeks' convalescence to Kurort Karlsbad (PhZ 9/22/664 = 30-31 May 1908)
replaces Rodkinson as per 1 Aug 1908 (PhZ 9/32/939) also International Zonophon Co.

1925 ? ELECTROLA (in 1930 still with ELECTROLA)

Founder of the journal Electrola Skizzen


NOTES

  • The Lindström Project. Contributions to the history of the record industry/Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie, Vol. 1 (editors: Pekka Gronow - Christiane Hofer). Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger, Wien 2009 (ISBN 978-3-9500502-8-8)
  • Die Lindström AG zwischen Weltwirtschaftskrise und ihrem Aufgehen in der EMI Electrola by Herfried Kier, Zülpich, p. 38 (internet)
  • Picture of Direktor Leo B. Cohn Internationale Zonophone Company, Berlin (in: die Sprechmaschine No. 50, p. 1318 (14 Dec 1907))
  • Phonographische Zeitschrift 8. Jahrg., No. 15, p. 384 (11 Apr 1907)
  • Phonographische Zeitschrift 7. Jahrg., No. 25, p. 538 (21 June 1906)
  • Phonographische Zeitschrift 21. Jahrg., No. 4, p. 116 (15 Feb 1920)
  • 65 Jahre Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft: 1898-1963 by Edwin Hein (Aachen/Hamburg, 1963)
  • Obituary of Leo B. Curth (from: Electrola Skizzen of May 1933)


COMPANIES & LABELS



PHOTOS

Leo B. Curth (left) and Georg Curth (right) (Hamburg, 1912)
Leo B. Cohn alias Leo B. Curth
From: Die Phonographische Zeitschrift, 8. Jahrg., No. 15, p. 384 (11 April 1907)
Obituary of Leo B. Curth (from: Electrola Skizzen of May 1933)



THANK YOU


Michael Curth
Oliver Wurl