Memories of the Phonograph


Short stories, memories and Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph



Axel Boilesen - 2000  

The Edison Amberola - The Jolly Coppersmith, Cotesfield, NE

Betty Ann Barr Boilesen - 2000 Playing School - My first memory of the Phonograph, Elba, NE
Doug Boilesen - 2001   The Our Song Phenomonon - 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
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
Nipper - 2008   A short description of Nipper, a unique star in the history of talking machines
Andy Orlando - 2009   Our phonograph in Dos Palos, California, and other memories
Judy Orlando - 2018   Memories of growing up, music and the phonograph
Fionn Regan - 2007   An Irish singer-songwriter recalls growing up with record sleeves but no record player, Dublin, Ireland
Tom Rivett - 2013   A boy's voice from 1954 lost and found, Lincoln, NE by Cindy Lange-Kubick, The Lincoln Journal-Star
Judy Steffes - 2015   Memories of growing up in West Bend, WI, with the family phonograph in the dining room
Our First Radio-Phonograph   Details of Axel & 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
This is Our Tune...Remember? 1945 Crosley "Our Tune" Advertisement and other "Our Song" examples

Birthdays of Friends of the Phonograph


Birthday Calendar for Friends of the Phonograph to remember FOTP member Birthdays


Friends of the Phonograph Go Green  

How Friends of the Phonograph support the environment








Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph

Favorite LP Albums

Top 5 LP's selected by Friends of the Phonograph



Favorite Songs (2)

Top 5 songs selected by Friends of the Phonograph



Favorite Movies

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

Favorite movies selected by Friends of the Phonograph (1)





In Memory of Friend's of the Phonograph

Betty Ann Barr Boilesen - 2000

Bob Gross - 2003

Lawrence Brown - 2006

Carie - 2009

Axel Christian Boilesen - 2013

Andy Orlando 2018



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)




Other Resources is dedicated to examining and celebrating the human experience as framed by music through vinyl records.



Phonographic Memory blog - Watch reorganizing (autobiographically) record albums scene from High Fidelity






(1) - Favorite Movies is a round-about way to celebrate the connection between the phonograph and talking movies which began when W. K. L. Dickson's Kinetophonograph's syncronized film and recorded sound using an Edison cylinder Phonograph. Watch this circa 1895 experiment courtesy of the Library of Congress and The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archive of Recorded Sound.


CLICK THIS IMAGE TO WATCH Original Kinetophonographic film and sound




(2) And suddenly the memory returns. The taste was that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray . . . when I went to say good day to her in her bedroom, my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of real or of lime-flower tea . . .But when from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, 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 as quoted in "To Have and to Hold - An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting" by Philipp Blom. From Marcel Proust, Du côté de chez Swann, Paris, 1954 pp. 46-7. The translation is quoted in Swann's Way, trans. C.K. Scott Moncrieff, London, 1960 p.41.