26
Feb
09

Day 146 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: St. Anne-De-Beaupre, Rural Quebec and the Edison Phonographic Museum of Canada

It was freezing and windy today when we went for a walk. The ice was built up in thin, razor-sharp layers on the shore of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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Looking out across the vast expanse of snowy land, it felt like we were someplace way in the Canadian North.

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Even without leaves, these trees are elegant.

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Rural Quebec

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Out For an Early Evening Walk

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This is one of the many stone houses that can be found in rural Quebec.

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Somebody needs a haircut.

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Hippie Cows

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Lise with her dogs woody and Belle

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Showing off his prized work horse, Bijou.

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These fun-loving fellas were just hanging out in the barn, shooting the breeze.

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Splitting wood is a big part of the rural Quebec lifestyle, with many of the houses heated with wood burning stoves.

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Quebecois Woodsmen

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The Phonograph Museum

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The owner of the Phonograph Museum was extremely knowledgable about the history of the phonograph. We were even lucky enough to have our tour of the museum in English!

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About 250 different phonographs at the museum made for a very striking collection!

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Recording Cylinders

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The Dictograph

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Early recording cylinders were used in talking dolls – many of them were from France and Germany.

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A Portrait of Edison Who Invented the Phonograph

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This museum has been around for 38 years and it is the only phonograph museum in Canada. Many old phonographs are kept in private collections rather than being put on display.

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You could pick up the receiver and listen to Pope Leo the 13th give his Benediction as it was recorded on February 5th, 1903.

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3 Responses to “Day 146 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: St. Anne-De-Beaupre, Rural Quebec and the Edison Phonographic Museum of Canada”


  1. 1 Marc
    February 28, 2009 at 4:55 am

    While you two crazy cats are in the neighbourhood you should give my grand-ma a call.She’s in Beaupré.Her name is Gilberte and she’s beautiful.

  2. June 22, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you very much for the fotos of Agnard`s museum! In the phonograph collecting world, I think, there will be nobody who has NOT heard of him!
    It`s the first time that I see parts of his fascinating collection outside of his website.

    Yes, you are right, unfortunately many good collections in the world are not on display. Why? – Very often because of an unlimited sea of ignorance by local governments! If a collector wants to open his treasures to the public he needs rooms, a building … all this costs a lot of money, exactly what many of serious collectors does NOT have (anymore), their money they have to invest in the collection!

    Thanks again and congratulations, Mr. Agnard!

    Many greetings from Austria/Europe

    Reinhard Haefele


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