Memories of the Phonograph


Memories, museums and Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph



Memories and stories


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


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


Friends of the Phonograph Go Green - How Friends of the Phonograph support the environment


Collecting and Phonographia - Doug Boilesen 2019 - A Collector's Perspective on Collecting and Phonographia


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


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 Miraculous Phonograph Record" by William Saroyan - Saturday Evening Post, September 1983 (1)


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


December 6th Edison Phonograph Birthday Parties - A photo album of FOTP birthday parties celebrating the completion of Edison's Phonograph on December 6, 1877


Phonograph Museums that tell their own stories - A selection of museums visited by Friends of the Phonograph that are a fundamental resources for remembering the phonograph


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


Other Phonograph Related Resources & Articles - Miscellaneous articles and resources that celebrate the the Phonograph


* 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

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)


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

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)


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)







PHONOGRAPH MUSEUMS - Primary Resources for Remembering the Phonograph

a.k.a. PhonoAvenue (1)


The Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange, NJ


Johnson Victrola Museum, Dover, New Jersey


Paris Phono Museum, Paris, France



Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska




Edison Ford Museum, Fort Meyers, Florida




Charmsori Gramophone Museum and Edison Science Museum, Gangneung, South Korea



Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Japan



Museum Collection, Moscow, Russia








Other Phonograph related resources and articles


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.


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.