He had another brother who died from yellow fever. His name was Ludovico.
Jacob would be Jacó in Portuguese. I don't know of other siblings, but there
may have been others. The Amazon catalogue shows that there has been an
opera singer in Russia by the name Nicolai Figner. Fred Figner was born in
Czechoslovakia according to Franceschi or, more correctly, in the
> I wonder if the "Edison" connection was official.
I don't know. According to Franceschi, Fred Figner's first contact with the
phonograph happened in San Antonio, Texas (he lived in the US since1882).
Still according to Franceschi, he arrived in San Francisco in May 1891 and
found the Pacific Phonograph Company shop, which sold the first
battery-powered electric phonographs. Franceschi thinks they were made by
Columbia. Some weeks later, trying to buy an Edison phonograph in New York
at the National Phonograph Company he was told they didn't sell phonographs
but the rights to exhibit them in certain areas. He then bought the Pacific
machine, cylinders etc and arrived in Brazil in August 1891.
This was not the first phonograph to arrive in Brazil. In July 1878 one
machine that Franceschi believes to have belonged to the Edison Speaking
Phonograph Company had been presented in Rio.
> Why would a coin-token say, "Case Edison"? (instead of Casa Edison)
Probably by mistake. If you pay attention to the Casa Edison Odeon labels
with the Brazilian flag (used in 1913 to celebrate the opening of the first
record plant in South America), you will notice that instead of "Ordem e
Progresso" (order and progress) they have printed "Ordem e Progressem",
which has the character of an imperative "get ordered and progress".