Mountain Chief of Piegan Blackfeet, 1916

Although in this case the phonograph horn is used for recording, this photo’s nonetheless an interesting visual precursor to the famous Maxell tape ad. Meanwhile, Wikipedia says that the Piegan Blackfeet these days live mostly on the larger Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana.


“Mountain Chief of Piegan Blackfeet making phonographic record at Smithsonian,” 9 February 1916, posted at Shorpy Photo Archive :: via FFFFOUND!

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