How We Learn About the Phonograph

Serendipidous Phonograph Connections in Popular Culture


By Doug Boilesen, 2021

Phonographia are connections where we can remember or learn about the phonograph. Popular culture has countless phonograph related connections often found in unexpected places.

Most of Phonographia is a scrapbook of phonograph related words and images organized by respective themes. This page, however, is for phonographia that might otherwise be ignored except for being included here where their phonograph connections can be shown, albeit sometimes subtle or with a connection of two degrees of separation or more.

The first example is a newspaper's word game for kids and its picture that can be colored. The focus of the picture is Edison and his light bulb. However, Edison's earlier invention, the Phonograph, is in the framed picture above young Tom making this a piece of phonographia at home in this gallery.


Cracker Jack prizes of a turntable (unassembled), plastic yellow turntable and Nipper 'charms'; "Nipper" wooden nickel; phonograph 'jeweled' brooch -- random reminders of the phonograph.





The Examiner Kids Page, Disney's Gummi Bears, 1987





Shylock fox, by Bob Weber, Jr., 1987




Ebay the Talking Auction Game (2001 Hasbro) where one of the bidding cards on the box is an Edison "Standard" Phonograph, an iconic "antique" for 21st century Ebay bidders.






Two Teens Doll Book, James & Jonathan Inc., 1971



Kitchen Cutting Board ca. 1970




Ever-Art Pottery Co., Los Angeles, Ceramic TV Lamp and Planter, ca. 1950




Will's Cigarette's "Famous Inventions" insert, Edison's First Phonograph, 1915

(Note this is Edison's second phonograph, not the original known as the "Kruesi'. )




Salt and Pepper Shakers

Novelty salt and pepper shakers are seldom seen on the dinner table in most American homes.

If a Nipper or Phonograph Salt & Pepper set is put on the table children of this generation may not know what they were looking at.





Home Decorations - Sculptures, Lights and Music Boxes











Phonograph Ornaments for Christmas Tree



3M Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser for Desktop, 2018 (FP1433)