Fred Figner's settled in Rio de Janeiro, where he started to operate his
Casa Edison in 1902, recording and selling records that were pressed in
Germany. He had one brother who was his business partner in São Paulo. His
name was Gustavo Figner. They split after Fred built the Odeon record plant
in Rio in 1912 and his shop caught fire. From 1914 to 1918, Gustavo's Casa
Odeon sold in São Paulo the Phoenix records, which were recorded in São
Paulo and Porto Alegre and pressed in Porto Alegre from 1914 to 1918 and
afterwards in Germany.
You will find some, but not much, information on him in:
Hardy Vedana. *A Elétrica e os Discos Gaúcho*. Porto Alegre: Hardy Vedana,
Franceschi, Humberto. *A Casa Edison e seu tempo*. Rio de Janeiro: Sarapuí,
Franceschi, Humberto. *Gravação sonora por meios mecânicos no Brasil*. Rio
de Janeiro: Studio HMF, 1984.
2010/8/12 <[log in to unmask]>
> In preparation for an article on the early history of double-sided
> discs, I have a reference to Czech-born Frederico Figner (b. 1866) of Rio
> Janeiro, Brazil. But he apparently had a brother in the business in Sao
> - does anyone know HIS first name?