of the Phonograph
Celebrate the Phonograph!
Phonographia Red-Letter Days
for Friends of the Phonograph
Birthday - Thomas
Earliest recording of
the human voice
Birthday - Édouard-Léon
Birthday - Charles
Birthday of Edison's
Select a date to learn more
Phonographia galleries that celebrate the Phonograph
of the Phonograph
short stories and memories of the Phonograph by Friends of the
phonograph connections found in pop culture
Axel and Betty Boilesen Legacy Exhibit
small collection of phonographs and stories
in honor of Axel and Betty Boilesen
A gallery honoring Nipper, a unique star in the history of talking
Favorite movies selected by Friends of the Phonograph
LP Albums (3)
5 LP's selected by Friends of the Phonograph
5 songs selected by Friends of the Phonograph
1977, one-hundred years after the invention of the Phonograph, Voyager
1 and Voyager 2 were launched. On the outside of each was attached
a gold plated copper phonograph record - a "message in the bottle"
and "greetings from Earth" - protected by an aluminum cover.
Letter RPM Birthdays
for Friends of the Phonograph
records have revolved at many speeds, most of which have come and
are currently six "Red Letter RPM
RMP birthdays are a "tip of the hat" to revolutions per minute (rpm)
record speeds(1), as part of a Friend
of the Phonograph's birthday celebration, aka a Phonographian's
birthday: "16 2/3" , "33
1/3" . "45" , "78"
, "80" . "90"
other words, if you are a Phonographian and your birthday age is
one of these RPM speeds you should "tip your hat" to that
RPM and "Remember the phonograph" as part of your birthday
it isn't a Phonographia Day, it can still be celebrated!
of the Phonograph look for any excuse to celebrate connections
with the Phonograph.
a Phonographia Day an Unbirthday party is always an option.
Walt Disney record that can be used to celebrate un-Phonographia
the wonder of what it does, Friends of the Phonograph also
celebrate the phonograph as an environmentally friendly machine. Clearly
a machine that one can wind up and play 100 years after it was made
represents the best of consumer products: a carbon free machine requiring
no electricity and never (hopefully) ending up in a landfill.
motto of Phonographians?
ENERGY - WIND A PHONOGRAPH
of the Phonograph also support other green measures.
Westminster Colorado chapter of Friends of the Phonograph have
adopted the walking path and pond of one of the city's open spaces
known as Mushroom Pond. Originally inspired by their dog loving Friends
of Nipper (since the adopted trail is a popular place to walk
dogs), Phonographians keep this trail clean for people and man's best
IT CLEAN - FRIENDS OF NIPPER
Phonograph - It's GREEN
Pond - Westminster, Colorado
Friends of the Phonograph
- The celebration of the phonograph's rpms - although
early disc and cylinder recordings were produced in a variety of
speeds ranging from 60 to 160 rpm, FOTP Red Letter RPM Birthdays
are currently the following:
2/3 rpm (first used in early 1930's and subsequently used for
1) spoken word recordings, 2) car music systems like Chrysler's
Hi-Way Hi-Fi 2 of the 1950's 3) background music systems for restaurants
and businesses 4) limited music formats - see Canada Antique Phonograph
Society (CAPS) May 2010 article by Mike Dicecco for history of 16
1/3 rpm (first used by Vitaphone in 1930 for electrical transcription
recordings and introduced in 1948 by Columbia Records as the Long-Playing
rpm (introduced by RCA in 1949);
rpm (the standard for early disc records from 1890s into the
rpm (for Edison Diamond Disc records),
rpm (for Pathé disc records with vertically cut grooves requiring
a special sapphire ball-shaped stylus).
- Favorite Movies Favorite movies is a round-about way to celebrate
the connection between the phonograph and talking movies which began
with W. K. L. Dickson's Kinetophonograph's syncronized film and
recorded sound using an Edison cylinder Phonograph. Watch this ca.
1895 experiment by clicking the photo.
A record album
record album is a collection of music or sounds. Early
records had only one song per record but they were often put in
"albums" that had multiple pages. These early record albums resembled
photograph albums but contained captured sounds instead of captured
to the Favorite
LP Albums to see Top-five album selections made by Friends
of the Phonograph (just like top-five lists created by John
Cusack in the movie High-Fidelity).
list maker John Cusack in Hi-Fidelity, courtesy Touchstone
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Voyager's phonograph records used a needle and "grooves"
and were not laser discs although images were viewable on the discs.
The record was analog technology and the audio was played at 16
2/3 rpm. The overall intent was remarkable - communicate "a
story of our world to extraterrestrials."
more information about this Voyager phonograph record sent to the
stars, read Carl Sagan's "Murmurs of Earth" or visit NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory website "What
is the Golden Record?"
(5) - Henry Hall's recording of the
Teddy Bear's Picnic was of especially good quality with a large
tonal range. It was used for more than 30 years by BBC audio engineers
(up until the early 1960s) to test and calibrate the frequency response
of audio equipment. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)