Memories of the Phonograph
Memories, Museums, Exhibits, 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
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
Doug Boilesen - 2001 - The Phonograph Revolution - "The Best Seat in the House. Forever."©
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
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
Collecting and Phonographia - Doug Boilesen 2018 - One Perspective on Collecting
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
Hello or Ahoy? - "Halloo!" "Hello" and Edison - DBB 2020
"The Miraculous Phonograph Record" by William Saroyan - Saturday Evening Post, September 1983 (2)
The Phonograph Lives! - The revolution that began with the Phonograph is a continuum
How We Gave a Phonograph Party - The Phonoscope, December 1899
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
Birthday Calendar: Friends of the Phonograph
FOTP Happy Birthday Song - a.k.a. Your Birth Anniversary Song
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)
Other Resources for Remembering the Phonograph
Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph
Doug Boilesen and Doug Keister 2012 - How Doug and Axel Boilesen acquired the John Johnson 5”x 7” glass negatives in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1965.
About Phonographia - About this website (DBB 2016)
* Honorary Friends of the Phonograph
Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph
Favorite LP Albums
Top 5 LP's selected by Friends of the Phonograph
Favorite Songs and Top Five Lists by Topic
Top 5 songs selected by Friends of the Phonograph
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.
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.
The Victor-Victrola Page - Website dedicated to phonographs made by The Victor Talking Machine Company from 1901 through 1929. Nice timelines and information.
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"
Phonographicmemory.org - Phonographicmemory.org 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 time...like 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)