Gerladine Farrar with a Victor Victrola, c.1915

Here we see actress / singer Geraldine Farrar, dressed as the opera character "Carmen", leaning on a Victor Victrola.


This image was most likely taken as a promotional photo for Victor records.

Photo by the Photoplayers Studio of Los Angeles, California.



Geraldine Farrar (February 28, 1882 – March 11, 1967) was a soprano opera singer and film actress.


She recorded extensively for the Victor Talking Machine Company and was often featured prominently in that firm's advertisements. She also appeared in silent movies, which were filmed between opera seasons.


Farrar starred in more than a dozen films from 1915 to 1920, including Cecil B. De Mille's 1915 adaptation of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen.


Here's a clip of her singing with Enrico Caruso in 1912:


And, her wikipedia bio:

  • painting in light PRO 5y

    Indeed – 1912 seems to be a ‘bad’ year for Caruso with Farrar. Together they recorded a number of unpublished ‘takes’ and from the opera Tosca 5 unpublished duet recordings – covering matrixes 11618 to 11622 - all from 27th Feb 1912, seemingly a bad day for Caruso as none of his recordings [7 in all] were published.
  • Dan Nichols PRO 5y

    Would've loved to hear that 1st Act Tosca duet by them
  • painting in light PRO 5y

    Without seeing the serial number on the plate it’s impossible to be sure of the exact date or model. However the shape / style and design is either a Victor-Victrola VV-XVI of 1908 or the smaller version VV-XIV brought out in 1910.
  • Ken Carr 5y

    I'll bet that photo sold plenty of Victrolas.
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