The 1990 Phonograph Birthday

113th Birthday

 

1990 Friends of the Phonograph Birthday Party

 

Friends of the Phonograph celebrated the 113th Birthday at our Oakland-Emeryville home on December 8, 1990.

This birthday party's theme for the night is based on the last manufacturers ending production of 45 rpms in 1990.

For forty years the size and speed of 45's record changer had made it an incredibly popular format, particularly with the youth, and since we had all grown up with these records this birthday party at the end of 1990 seemed an appropriate time to mark the this transition.

A special tombstone display and activity was created entitled "The 45 Kicks the Bucket - RIP 1949-1990.

 

LB and Brenda presenting Mary had a Little Lamb Nursery Wall Pin-ups by Playroom, ca. 1950's

 

 

Brenda's Brownie Record

 

 

Stan with his Dinosaur Record Label on wood (rings of the tree are the grooves)

 

 

Axel and Betty Boilesen presented a framed Victor record of James Whitcomb Riley reciting his poem "Out to Old Aunt Mary's." You can listen to Harry E. Humphrey performing Riley's poem HERE from the Edison Blue Amberol record 2539 released in March 1915. Humphrey's voice is much clearer than the recording made by Riley who was declining and would pass in 1916.

 

 

Gretchen's cheese cake record

 

 

Mary's hand-etched glass record

 

 

Pat's 45 rpms and record basket

 

 

 

 

 

Clint with his Edison's First Talking Machine

 

 

Matt submitted his artistic creation in honor of Edison's Phonograph

 

 

On this creation Matt wrote: "To Edison from Matthew - "This is my Dad" (instead of "His Master's Voice")

 

 

 

Reviewing some of the Exhibit submissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Donut Candles

 

 

 

 

 

Loading The Christmas Story Leg with a 45 rpm record and taking aim

 

 

Leg pulled back and released to hit "The 45 kicks the bucket" tombstone target

 

 

Marilyn & her 45's

 

 

Bullseye!

 

 

Good-night and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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