Memories of the Phonograph


Memories, Museums, Exhibits, Multi-Media Presentations, Other Resources, and Favorites and Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph


Phonograph Memories and Other Stories (1)


Axel Boilesen - 2000 - The Edison Amberola and The Jolly Coppersmith, Cotesfield, NE


Axel Boilesen - 2000 - Other Stories Growing up in Cotesfield, NE


Axel Boilesen - 2009 - Playing an Edison Amberola - "On the Beach Medley" (a 30 second video)


Betty Barr Boilesen - 2000 - Playing School - My first memory of the Phonograph, Elba, NE


Betty Barr Boilesen - Other Stories Growing up in Elba, NE


Doug Boilesen - 2001 - The Our Song Phenomenon - "The Red River Rock"


James Boilesen - 2018 - I am a Friend of the Phonograph


Peter Buffett - 2010 * - Excerpt from his book, Life Is What You Make It, music and an early repair made on the family phonograph


Frances Robinson Friday - 1998* - Avalon Town, the chamber pot and the Victrola


Keira Knightley and Steve Carell - 2012 * - Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Focus Features


Hawthorne School - 1998 - Second graders learn about the Phonograph, Hawthorne Elementary School, Lincoln, NE


Garrison Keillor - 2017 * - Memories of bringing my LP to our youth church group so that they could listen to Handel's Messiah


Douglas Keister - 2007 - Field Report on Obsessive Phonograph Collecting Disorder Submitted by Douglas Keister HSD AAC


Douglas Keister - 2020 - "The Machine"


Satan Comes to Crawley Bottom - As told to Douglas Keister - 2020


Kim Keister - 2020 - Life, Music, and the Harman-Kardon Incident


Andy Orlando - 2009 - Our phonograph in Dos Palos, California, and other memories


Judy Orlando - 2018 - Memories of growing up, music and the phonograph


Tom Rivett - 2013 * - A boy's voice from 1954 lost and found, Lincoln, NE by Cindy Lange-Kubick, The Lincoln Journal-Star


Dan Jenkins - 2014 * - Listening to the Mills Brothers on my mom's RCA Victor phonograph.


Judy Steffes - 2015 * - Memories of growing up in West Bend, WI, with the family phonograph in the dining room


Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton in Antarctica 1907-09 - Shackleton’s 1907-09 expedition in his own recorded words


Clancy Strock - 2004* - My Grandfather Strock's Victrola, and more...Reminisce Magazine


Studs Terkel - 2005* - "Caruso"


Our First Radio-Phonograph - Details of Axel and Betty's first Radio-Phonograph 1949


Oliver Wang - 2015 * - Baby's First Record (and Record Player) - Cuepoint


Jim Copp - 2018 * - A tribute to one of the most creative storytellers on record written by David Owen in The New Yorker, 2018


Paul McCartney - 2020 * - Celebrating his Friends of the Phonograph 78 RPM Birthday and "Spinning at 78"


This is Our Tune...Remember? - 1945 Crosley "Our Tune" Advertisement and other "Our Song" examples


Margaret Marty - A Valentine for ‘Victrola’ - 2019 * - On “keepsakes” and a found Valentines Day card from Dad to Mom, Courtesy of The Pine City Pioneer


Colleen Murphy 2016* - "My first turntable was a life-changer" (from her BBC Sounds Turntable Tales - Berliner to Gramophone)


Autobiographically Organizing Record Albums - Scene from High Fidelity - 2000 * (Courtesy Touchstone Pictures)


Don't Judge a Book by its Cover...Unless is has a Phonograph on it - Discovering Abide by Jake Adam York via a book cover and related Phonograph Connections - DBB 2019


The Christmas of the Phonograph Referenced Records - Mari Sandoz's list of remembered records


"The Miraculous Phonograph Record" by William Saroyan - Saturday Evening Post, September 1983 (2)


How We Gave a Phonograph Party - The Phonoscope, December 1899


Hello or Ahoy? - "Halloo!" "Hello" and Edison - Doug Boilesen 2020


Doug Boilesen - 2001 - The Phonograph Revolution - "The Best Seat in the House. Forever."©


Doug Boilesen - 2016 About


Doug Boilesen - 2020 About - Postscript


Doug Boilesen - 2018 - Phonographia and One Perspective on Collecting


Doug Boilesen - 2020 - Connections and Creation of an Industry


Doug Boilesen - 2017 - "Home on the Range" - Connections and an "Our Song"


Doug Boilesen and Doug Keister 2012 - How Axel and Doug Boilesen acquired the John Johnson 5”x 7” glass negatives in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1965.


The Phonograph Lives! - The revolution that began with the Phonograph is a continuum


Other Phonograph Related Resources - Societies, recordings and information related to the Phonograph


Quotations about Memories - "You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead"


Red Letter Days


RPM Birthdays & Unbirthdays


FOTP Happy Birthday Song - a.k.a. Your Birth Anniversary Song


FOTP Happy Birthday Song of the Day


Birthday Calendar: Legacy Friends of the Phonograph


December 6th Edison Phonograph Birthday Parties - Photo Album


Friends of Nipper


Friends of the Phonograph Go GREEN


In Memory of Friends of the Phonograph


Memories of the Phonograph by Friends of the Phonograph


PhonoAvenue - Phonograph Museums around the world


PhonoExhibits - Phonograph Exhibits and Collections (non-Museum)


Phono-Sightings - Phonographs in non-phonograph specific displays


Other Resources for Remembering the Phonograph


Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph



* Honorary Friends of the Phonograph




Phonographia Multi-Media Presentations




Favorites and Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph


Favorite LP Albums

Top 5 LP's selected by Friends of the Phonograph


Top Five Lists by Topic





Favorite Songs







Favorite Album Covers





Favorite Movies

Edison the Man, starring Spencer Tracy,and Rita Johnson, 1940

Favorite movies selected by Friends of the Phonograph (1)


CLICK THIS MOVIE STILLTO WATCH the original Kinetophonographic movie that combined sound and film






In Memory of Friends of the Phonograph

Betty Ann Barr Boilesen - 2000

Bob Gross - 2003

Lawrence Brown - 2006

Axel Christian Boilesen - 2013

Andy Orlando 2018





Friends of Nipper

Nipper - 1895 - A Unique Star in Phonographia

Carie - 2009

Sasha - 2019












Other Phonograph Related Resources


The Antique Phonograph Society - A world wide society that encourages, promotes, publishes and presents research on the history of sound recording and reproduction, including the machines that create and preserve these wonderful voices and sounds.

Canadian Antique Phonograph Society - Interests range across all aspects of sound recording and its history: phonographs and gramophones, all types of sound recordings of historic importance, ephemera and related memorabilia. There is particular emphasis placed on the history of recorded sound in Canada.


UC Santa Barbara Library - Cylinder Audio Archive - The UCSB Library, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Grammy Foundation, and donors, has created a digital collection of more than 10,000 cylinder recordings held by the UCSB Library. Recordings are available for streaming.


Belfer Library - Syracuse University Libraries - Listen to the digital files supplied by the Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries, which may be used for scholarly, research, or educational purposes of a non-commercial nature.

Also see The Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive for more details about collection of sound recordings and related items.


Visit Sound Beat for a daily, 90 second show highlighting the archive of Recorded Sound and Music at the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University's Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive.


Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR) - a database of master recordings made by American record companies during the 78rpm era. It is part of the American Discography Project (ADP)—an initiative of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Packard Humanities Institute that is edited by a team of researchers based at the UCSB Library. The ADP is also a partner with the Library of Congress National Jukebox project and provides most of the cataloging data used in the Jukebox.


Library of Congress National Jukebox - Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress


Mainstream Press - 78 RECORDS, CYLINDER RECORDS & VINTAGE PHONOGRAPHS Information and Resources for Historic-Sound Enthusiasts


Media History Digital Library - A free online resource, featuring millions of pages of books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound.


Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound - Phonograph Collection




The Victor-Victrola Page - Website dedicated to phonographs made by The Victor Talking Machine Company from 1901 through 1929. Nice timelines and information. If you have a Victor Talking Machine please register it here.

Bless Them All: The Songs of Fred Godfrey - A nicely created website by Barry Norris, the grandson of Fred Godfrey


Little Wonder Records and Bubble Books - Merle Sprinzen's website with a "mission to bring together everything that known about Little Wonder Records and their offshoots, including Bubble Books...and give them their historical due"


How the Phonograph Changed Music Forever by Clive Thompson - January 2016 - Edison’s invention redefined the entire industry - article courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine - is dedicated to examining and celebrating the human experience as framed by music through vinyl records.






Quotations about Memories


Every man's memory is his private literature. - Aldous Huxley


It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. - Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams


The past is never dead, it is not even past. - William Faulkner


"When an old person dies, a library burns." African proverb revived by Malian writer Amadou Amadou Hampaté Ba


Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.- From the television show The Wonder Years


We do not remember days; we remember moments. - Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand


To speak the name of the dead is to make them live again - Ancient Egyptian Belief


WIthin our hearts, the ones we love are never really gone - In spirit and in memory, their legacy lives on. - Hallmark


All those moments will be lost in tears in rain. - The Blade Runner


...She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, For ever wilt thou love and she be fair! - John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn


"You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead" - Lennon/McCartney, Two of Us, 1969


A story is what holds us together, and what is left when we leave - Marshall Dodge, The New Yorker, Oct 22, 1979


"The backward look transforms its object...History cannot be touched without changing it." Siegfried Giedion


"I like the old days, but not all the days, only the good old days" - Departure, The Long Winters


It was no thought or word that called culture into being, but a tool or a weapon. After the stone axe we needed song and story to remember innocence, to record effect - and so to describe the limits, to say what can be done without damage. Wendell Berry, 1974


And suddenly the memory returns...ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection. Marcel Proust, À la recherche du temps perdu (2)


The stereo takes back our breath, All sound is light. Abide with Me, Jake Adam York


A memory is only a Prince Charming who stays just long enough to awaken the Sleeping Beauties of our wordless stories. — Michael De Certeau (3)


How the past is documented shapes how we remember it. Lonnie G. Bunch III, 2019


"The construction and demolition of monuments are history, but monuments themselves are not history. They are useful windows on history. They disclose stories we would now like to disavow, but if we look carefully, we can also find what the monuments were intended to hide. In the name of remembering, we don't want to forget." Richard White 2020 (4)


"Memories bring diamonds and rust." Joan Baez, Diamonds and Rust


"We're just here to be memories for our kids." - Cooper to his daughter Murph, Interstellar 2014



"Sweet memories awakened" - Vitanola - Natural as Life, 1919




"Jenny Lind is only a memory..." Life magazine, March 28, 1918

The Phonograph - Perpetuating "art for all time."