to this display of Phonographs
named in honor of Axel and Betty Boilesen who enthusiastically
supported me collecting phonographs.
and Betty were married in Cotesfield, Nebraska on August 25,
1946 and their wedding song was ALWAYS. They lived
in Lincoln all of their married lives.
had many friends and she loved to talk about her family and
her Nebraska heritage. You can read Betty's childhood memory
of the Phonograph and other Betty stories by clicking HERE.
To read Axel's earliest memories of the Phonograph and other
Axel stories, click HERE.
1905 oil painting "The Phonograph" (1)
and I went to many auctions and garage sales over the years
and I'm sure my mother always wondered what we might bring home.
started celebrating the Phonograph's birthday in the late 1970's
and it would became a December 6th annual event.
by the Phonograph, birthday presents such as pottery shaped
like a record, a phonograph tapestry, phonograph ornaments,
and special creations like the photograph my parents staged
in 1986 (see above) have been a fun part of those birthday celebrations.
scene of my parents re-creating Edison's most famous Phonograph
advertisement is my all-time favorite phonograph birthday gift.
was fortunate to have parents who enjoyed the journey.
"The Phonograph" picture ALWAYS makes me smile and
tells a story that they were Friends of the Phonograph,
and much more.
Boilesen August 25, 2006
and Betty, August 25, 1946
and Betty, August 25, 1996
Benny Goodman's recording of Always
STORIES about Axel and Betty
A STRIKING OIL PAINTING. A calendar for 1906 was mailed to the
entire trade early in January. Its principal feature was a reproduction
by the three-color process of an oil painting of an old couple
listening in delighted amazement to an Edison Phonograph for
the first time. The original of this picture was painted by
Massani, a noted Ital- ian painter. It was imported a year ago
by William Johnson, then of Fifth avenue, New York city. Its
first public exhibition in this country was at the Chalfonte
Hotel, Atlantic City, where Mr. Johnson had an extensive exhibit
of paintings, and where it was priced at $1,050. It was there
bought by the National Phonograph Co. It is now being reproduced
in a handsome and life-like manner in fourteen colors of lithography,
and copies will later be distributed to the trade. This reproduction
will be the full size of the original painting, 17 x 25 inches.
It will be worth a place in any home. Other uses of the painting
will follow. The subject is universally regarded as one of the
most striking ever put out in connection with a talking machine.
Edison Phonograph Monthly, March 1906