The Camden, N.J. Plant of the Victor Talking Machine Co. began to expand quickly to support record pressing and record player manufacturing processes as early as the late 1800s. One of the earliest ‘experimental’ recording studios was located in The E.R. Johnson Machine Shop (which would then become known as the first Victor Building #1) . Very few recordings from these sessions survive in the modern era and largely, this early disk recording studio was designed to experiment in perfecting the recording processes developed shortly after Berliner & Johnson formed the partnership that would be known as the Victor Talking Machine Co.
Philadelphia is situated right across the Delaware River from Camden, N.J. Therefore, naturally it makes sense that these two cities would have a close relationship. The home of independence, the very city where a nation was founded, has a progressive, unique, and diverse cultural identity that has contributed to it’s signature sound. The city of brotherly love has always been considered a hotbed of artistic creativity and the Philadelphia arts community of the time would only serve to benefit from the Victor Talking Machine’s sprawling business in their neighboring city.
For all intents and purposes, the first commercial recording studio in the world was located at Victor’s original offices and store across the river in Philadelphia until 1907, when that recording studio was shuttered and the new recording studios of Victor Building #15 (Building #15 at that time was opening as the new executive offices of the Victor Talking Machine Co…replacing the long held Philadelphia offices and recording studio) opened.
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VICTOR ‘10th and Lombard’ RECORDING STUDIO (PHILADELPHIA, PA)
424 S 10th Street
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This location in Philadelphia was the first commercial recording studio in the world.