Memories of the Phonograph

Friends of the Phonograph


Phonograph Memories and a few stories (1)


Barney, F. M. (1912) - Barney's story of Ezra Meeker coming into his store and recording 3 records, Elm Creek, NE


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


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


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


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


Boilesen, Betty Barr (2000) - Other Stories Growing up in Elba, NE


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


Boilesen, Doug (2001) - This is Our Tune...Remember? This is Our Tune...Remember?


Boilesen, Doug (2018) - Axel and Betty's First Radio-Phonograph


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


Boilesen, Doug (2019) - Growing up in Lincoln, NE


Boilesen, James (2018) - I am a Friend of the Phonograph


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


Byron, Eric (2019) - "My Fascination with Early Phonographs and Sound Recordings"


Cicotte, Eddie (1915) - A baseball star would enjoyed listening to phonograph records


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


Deems, Frank M. (1892) - Remembering the first time I met Edison and saw the phonograph in March 1878.


Flammarion, Camille - March 11, 1878 - "A day to be remembered, for its proceedings were absurd."


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


Goldberg, Myla * - 2006 - Hanging on the Gramophone (Spin Magazine)


Gordon, Barbara * (1979) - The Menace of Constant Noise (I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can)


A Grandson's Gift — A Spotlight — For His Grandfather's WWII Band - an NPR report by Taylor Haney March 20, 2021


Hathaway, Anne * (2011) - Tribute to Meryl Streep during the 34th Annual Kennedy Centre Honors with gramophone on stage


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


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


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


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


Keister, Douglas (2020) - "The Machine"


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


Kelly, Linda* (2022) "Voices on Vinyl," The New York Times, November 23, 2022 with its "scratchy resurrections of the past."


Kennedy, Mark * (2021 - Holiday Gift Ideas for the Music Lover 2021 - Mark Kennedy AP Entertainment Writer)


Klein, Ezra and Emily St. John Mandel * - 2022 - Art as Time Batteries, Recorded Sound and R.E.M.


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


Koss, John C. * (2022) - Remembering the man who brought high-quality personal stereophonic sound to generations of listeners.


Loving an Album to Death Makes a Music Fan for Life - Darrin Wolsko* - All Things Considered 2012


McKee, Pete * (2021) - Thoughts about vinyl, record stores, the life of records, DJs, and music used in his 2021 Thud Crackle Pop Digital Remaster Exhibition.


Mendenhall, John * - Memories of Nipper and Character Trademarks


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


Middleton, Howard Taylor (1907) - The Talking Machine Club


Millar, Jay (2023) - Elvis and our console stereo


Moseley, Dana* 1985 - Grandma Ivy's Victrola and fondness for Caruso


Moss, Mr. R. Llewellyn (1911) - Remembering the first time he heard an Edison Phonograph, January 1878


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


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


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


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


Parks, Van Dyke * (2020) - Memories of my parents Magnavox and records


Patchett, Ann * (2011) - Dreaming Of 'California' From Far Away - Interviewed by Melissa Block as part of NPR Music's 2011 Winter Series. (Click the 4-minute Listen) (8)


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


Rogers, Will * (1923) - Timely Topics


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


Shaw, Wendy (2021) - Shocking memories of the phonograph


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


Sharp, Maia * (2009) - "Kodachrome" - Interviewed by Melissa Block as part of NPR Music's 2009 Summer Series. (Click the 3-minute Listen) (9)


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


Stone, Gary (2021) - "My grandparents radio store inspired my appreciation for phonographs and radios."


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


Terkel, Studs * (2005) - "Caruso"


Thurber, James * (1933) -  My mother's greatest dread was the Victrola


Von Kampen, Andrea * (2021) -  The purchase of Von Kampen's vinyl album by Prince Charles at Hafod Hardware, Rhayader, Wales


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


Wilson, William* (2023) - Wilson's Edison Concert Phonograph c.1903 at a raffle - Kansas Historical Society


Wittmann Company (1902) - One of the Edison Jobbers Suspended by Edison


Young, Loretta* (1936) - Her favorite records were Stephen Foster's melodies.


You Tell on Yourself By the Friends You Keep and the Records You Play - 2012 Author Unknown




Other Phonograph Related Stories, Scenes and Blogs

A Grandson's Gift — A Spotlight — For His Grandfather's WWII Band - an NPR report by Taylor Haney March 20, 2021 about a trumpet player in WWII whose recordings were discovered by his grandson who then had them digitized and made into an album. "I put the music on and it was like my own private concert with my grandpa," he said. "It was like he'd never left. I was back in 1946 and getting to hear my ... grandpa and his young lungs playing the trumpet."


Loving an Album to Death Makes a Music Fan for Life - Darrin Wolsko* - All Things Considered 2012


Mom and Dad's Record Collection - Stories Our Parents Taught Us - All Things Considered 2012


"A Record Find - How The Phantom of the Opera led me to a long-lost musical treasure in Paris" By Michael Walsh Smithsonian magazine, February 2008

In 1907, recordings were interred in metal urns at the Palais Garnier, to be reopened in 100 years (Courtesy Opéra National de Paris)


"Santa Claus Speaks" by Karen Fishman and Bryan Cornell 2015 - Library of Congress "Now See Hear! The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center Blog - "Santa Claus Tells About his Toy Shop
by Gilbert Girard, 1916 (Victor Record 35679)
and "Santa Claus Gives Away his Toys" by Gilbert Girard, 1916 (Victor Record 35679)




Friends of Nipper

Nipper - 1895 - A Unique Star in Phonographia

Carie - 2009

Sasha - 2019

Nikki - 2022

Dogs and the Phonograph





In Memory of Friends of the Phonograph

Betty Ann Barr Boilesen - 2000

Bob Gross - 2003

William C. Ptacek* by Rene Rondeau - 2004 (Honorary FOTP member See Endnote 1 )

Lawrence Brown - 2006

Axel Christian Boilesen - 2013

Andy Orlando - 2018

Judy Orlando - 2021








FOTP Celebrations and Related Material (2)


Birthday Calendar: Legacy Friends of the Phonograph


December 6th Edison Phonograph Birthday Parties - Photo Album


Friends of Nipper


Friends of the Phonograph Go GREEN


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


In Memory of Friends of the Phonograph


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


Red Letter Days


RPM Birthdays & Unbirthdays



Lists, Top Fives and Other Favorites

Menu - Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph

FOTP Favorite Album Covers

FOTP Favorite LP Albums

FOTP Favorite Movies

FOTP Favorite Songs

Lists of Top Five by Topics

PhonoCalendar - Lists of "On This Days"

Pop Culture Madness - A personal website by Joe Hummel III of Lists, Top 100's, Top 10's, Number One Hits and many serendipidous lists.




Phonographs on Display - Museums, Exhibits and On-Line Collections


PhonoAvenue - Phonograph Museums Around the World


Phonograph On-Line Collections


PhonoExhibits - Temporary Phonograph Exhibits


Phono-Sightings - Phonographs as part of other museum displays






Phonograph Related Resources - Societies, Libraries, Archives, Recordings




The Axel and Betty Boilesen Legacy Exhibit

The Legacy Phonograph Collection and stories remembering Axel and Betty Boilesen, Friends of the Phonograph





FOTP Favorites and Top Five Lists

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

Favorite movies selected by Friends of the Phonograph (1)




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


"A story is what holds us together, and what is left when we leave." Marshall Dodge (5)




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




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

The Phonograph - Perpetuating "art for all time."



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