Victrola Book of the Opera, from LC

As part of the National Jukebox project, the Library of Congress has included an online version of the book, Victrola Book of the Opera.   The edition of the book offered was published in 1919 by the Victor Talking Machine Company.  The book was intended to sale as both a popular Opera Guide, and as a catalog to the Victor record collections.

The interactive Guide includes links back to recordings digitized by the Project.  What I find interesting is that the prices for the individual arias and songs are very similar to a single mp3 song today, e.g. $1.00, $0.85, etc.  I could envision an online guide similar to this produced today using the same concept.

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Library of Congress National Jukebox

Library of Congress National Jukebox

From the site:

About the National Jukebox

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which has granted the Library of Congress a gratis license to stream acoustical recordings.

At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.