Recording Pioneers


Victor Hugo EMERSON Sr.  1866 - 1926 PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

PIONEER

Victor Hugo EMERSON Sr.  1866 - 1926

aka Victor H. Emerson, V. H. Emerson, Victor Emerson, V. Emerson
nationality
occupation
birth 27 Jan 1866, Forest City, Ohio
baptism
death 22 June 1926, Downey, CA
burial
marriage on 28 July 1889 married to:
Kittie ROCKAFELLOW

b. 5 March 1869/1870, Flemington, NJ
d. 29 Sep 1947, Los Angeles, CA

children
  • Victor Hugo Jr.

    b. 9 Jan 1890, Newark, NJ
    d. 8 July 1984, Garden City, Nassau, NY or Farmington, Connecticut

  • Adelbert Ducksbury/Tucksburg EMERSON

    b. 14 Feb 1892, Newark, NJ
    d. ..........

  • Edna Elvira EMERSON (California)

    b. 7 Dec 1899, Newark, New Jersey
    d. 4 Nov 1979, Los Angeles, CA


PARENTS

father George E. EMERSON

b. <1835>, ......, Maine
d. ..........) telegraph operator

mother Elva/Elvira ........

b. <1843>, ....., Ohio
d. ............

children
  • Ralph W.

    b. 1864, ....., Ohio
    d. .........

  • Victor Hugo

    b. 27 Jan 1866, Forest City, Ohio
    d. 22 June 1926, Downey, CA

  • Clyde Dunfield

    b. 1872, ......, CA
    d. ...........

  • George E.

    b. 1876, ......, CA
    d. ...........


LIFE


The dubbing machine, invented by Frank Capps, a Columbia employee still in the phonograph game, was a jealously guarded secret. But we just had to speed up production if we were to make any real money out of the Edisonia, Ltd., business; so Vic [Emerson] put his head together with old Carson [no doubt Charles W. Carson is meant], his handy man, and Russell Hunting, his assistant. ........... It wasn't long before they had independently worked out another dubbing-process. Passing our laboratory late one song-plugging night, I saw a light in the loft. Curiosity drew me up the stairs.
There were the three allies [Emerson, Carson and Hunting] engaged in the big experiment.
They had exactly balanced two of the wax cylinders, so that a pressure in the center caused a ball or stylus to impress both simultaneously. It was now possible to make fourteen records at a round. A big advance!

(from: They all sang: from Tony Pastor to Rudy Vallée - as told to Abbott J. Liebling by Edward B. Marks. New York: Viking Press, 1935)

1900 CENSUS (Newark, Essex, NJ):
Victor EMERSON ( y)
Kittie EMERSON ( y)
- (Victor) Hugo ( y)
- Adelbert ( y)
- Edna ( y)



1920 CENSUS:
Victor EMERSON ( y) mechanic phonograph



1930 CENSUS:
Victor EMERSON ( y) phonograph business
- Victor Jr. (17y)
- Edna (15y)




"THE COLUMBIA DELEGATION"
Edward D. EASTON (48y) lawyer
final destination: Arcola, NJ
+ Mortimer EASTON (16y)
+ Florence EASTON (14y)
+ Marion DORIAN (45y) Columbia Phonograph
last residence: Paris & London
final destination: Washington
+ Thomas Wood (= Hood) MACDONALD (45y) manager
+ Victor H. EMERSON (38y) expert
final destination: Newark
SS "KAISER WILHELM II"
dep.: 27 July 1904, Southampton
arr.: 1 Aug 1904, New York

At the time of the 1880 Census the family was living in San Francisco, CA
1891-1893 General Manager NEW JERSEY PHONOGRAPH COMPANY (source website: Mr. Conyngton: I understand that Mr. Edison could furnish ...)
joined in 1896 COLUMBIA PHONOGRAPH COMPANY
recording director COLUMBIA PHONOGRAPH COMPANY, New York studio
In May 1915 founded EMERSON PHONOGRAPH COMPANY


NOTES

  • They all sang: from Tony Pastor to Rudy Vallée - as told to Abbott J. Liebling by Edward B. Marks. New York: Viking Press, 1935)
  • Victor Emerson - The First Man to Make Entertainment Cylinder Recordings For Sale in the U.S. - A Report of a Report by Frank Andrews (in: The Hillandale News, No. 110 of Oct 1979 (pp. 313-315))


COMPANIES & LABELS



PHOTOS

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THANK YOU


Doreen Wakeman-Emerson