From various 1911 issues of The Talking Machine World:
Clockwise, from top: Frank C. Stanley, Henry Burr, Arthur Collins, Charles D’Almaine, Ada Jones, Byron G. Harlan, Fred Van Eps, Vess L. Ossman. Stanley died just a few months before this ad appeared, but most of his records remained in the catalog until U-S Phonograph’s end. .
This ad contains the only photo we’ve seen of the elusive Joe Brown, who also recorded for several of the smaller disc companies (including International Record, as early as 1906).
A revealing letter from vaudeville and recording-studio veteran Irving Kaufman to the late Quentin Riggs in 1967, which we recently found among Quentin’s papers. Kaufman, who was in his late 70s at the time, reveals that his birth name was Isadore (he went on to become one of the most prolific users of pseudonyms in the early recording industry) and expresses his unhappiness with retired life in Arizona. He and wife Belle later moved to California, which seems to have suited them better. Quentin’s typed transcription is above, followed by the first page of the original letter, in Kaufman’s hand.