Table of Contents


PhonoAds Menu

Advergraphs - Phonograph Slogans, Phrases and Logos


An Age of Wonders - Wonders, Wizards and Aladdin's Lamp


Albert Spalding in the United States Aviation Corp


Apple Launches Apple Music, June 2015 - The History of Sound - 127 Years of Recorded Music


"Artists Inside the Horn"


At Home or at the Opera


"Both are...?" The 1914 Victor Advertising Campaign


Carola - The Nightingale of Phonographs


Cather's Prototypes Who Were Recording Artists

Ernestine Schumann-Heink - Recording Artist and Willa Cather Prototype

Geraldine Farrar - Recording Artist and Willa Cather Prototype

Lillian Nordica - Recording Artist and Willa Cather Prototype

Lucrezia Bori - Recording Artist and Willa Cather Prototype

Mary Garden - Recording Artist and Willa Cather Prototype

Olive Fremstad - Recording Artist and Willa Cather Prototype


Clear as a Bell - The Sonora Phonograph


The Columbia Twentieth Century Graphophone


Double Service from Edison's Phonograph - Amusement and Language Study


Edison Tone Tests 1915-1925


Edison's Messages to Edison Dealers 1917-1918


Happy Homes - Something for Everyone


Hear It Anywhere


"Looking for the Band"


Music on the Record


New Victor Records for January 1919


Nipper, Dogs and the Phonograph

The Moorestown Nippers

Nipper Art


Other Opportunities to Own a Phonograph


Portable Phonographs






Post 1950 Ads


Massani's "The Phonograph"


Phonograph Related Ads in January 1919 TMW


Phonograph Signs and Billboards


The Phonograph with a Soul


Pre-1900 Ads - A Talking Machine for the Home


1900-1905 Ads - Delight and Music of the World


1906-1910 Ads - Welcome the Phonograph into the Home


Santa, Christmas and the Phonograph


Shopping for a Phonograph


The Stage of the World - The Best Seat in the House. Forever. ©


The "Talkers" Sentimental Side - Appealing to the customer's 'human' side


Victor Book of the Opera


Victor Talking Machine Co. Ads - External Link


"Which is which?" The 1908 Victor Advertising Campaign


Winter Evenings - Dull with a Phonograph




Factolas Menu


Autostops - "Don't get up"


Believe it or Not Factolas!


"Bottles it up for future use"


Connections and the Phonograph Industry - Doug Boilesen 2020


Courtships, Proposals and the Phonograph - Doug Boilesen 2022


Cylinder records referenced in The Christmas of the Phonograph Records by Mari Sandoz


Dictionary of Phonographia


Nipper, Dogs and the Phonograph


Edison: From the Telephone and Telegraph Comes the Phongraph - An AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PBS video


Edison: Invention in Late 19th-Century America - An AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PBS video


Exposition Universelle of 1889 and the Phonograph


"Gone is the heyday of the vinyl record" - The Soundtrack to Your Life, With a Stream of Discoveries - 2012 New York Times


"Hello" for the Telephone Postcards


Hello or Ahoy? - "Halloo!" "Hello" and Edison


How We Learn About the Phonograph with Serendipitous Connections


"Like a Broken Record"- Sounds Like, Plays Like...


Monopoly and the Gramophone


Newspapers named The Phonograph in honor of T.A. Edison


'-Ola' Talking Machine Brands

How many '-ola' Brands are there?

On this Day Phonograph Calendar

Birthdays: Legacy Friends of the Phonograph

Phonographia Red-Letter Days

RPM Birthdays & Unbirthdays


'Phone' & 'Graph' Brands
How many 'Phone' & 'Graph' Brands are there?


Phonograph as 'Dining' Entertainer


Telephone and "Hello" Sheet Music


Telephone Call Related Records


World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Kinetograph


World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Phonograph



Phonograph Museums, Exhibits and On-Line Collections

PhonoAvenue - Phonograph and Related Museums around the world

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - Woodstock Music Festival Museum, Bethel, NY

The Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum, Mississippi State University Library, MS

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

Deutsches Phonomuseum, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Donley's Wild West Town, Union, IL

Dougherty Museum, Longmont, CO

Edison Ford Museum, Fort Meyers, Florida

Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory, the Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, Michigan

Edison Museum, Beaumont, TX

Edison Phonograph Museum, Mount Pleasant, TX

Emil Berliner and the gramophone - A virtual exhibition by the Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation.

Grammophonicum Museum, Bregenz, Austria

The Grammy's Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Johnson Victrola Museum, Dover, New Jersey

Kanazawa Phonograph Museum Kanazawa, Ishikawa Japan

MAMI, Museum of Automated Musical Instruments, Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo-ken 662-0088, Japan

Museum Collection, Moscow, Russia

Museum of Sound Discovery, Saint-Fargeau, France

The Music House Museum, Traverse City, Michigan

National Museum of African American Music, Nashville, TN

Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine, Norsk Teknisk Museum, Oslo

Paris Phono Museum, Paris, France

Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska

The Riverdale Science Museum, Riverdale, USA

The Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique", Barrington, IL

Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Dolby Gateway to American Culture, Washington, D.C.

The Stagecoach Inn Museum, Newbury Park, CA

Thomas Edison Butchertown House, Louisville, KY


Phonograph On-Line Collections


PhonoExhibits - Phonograph Displays as Temporary Exhibits

The Legacy Exhibit - Lincoln, Nebraska 2005

The Museum of American Heritage - Palo Alto, CA 2018

The Phonograph and Its Future - Westminster Public Library, September 2018

Phonopassion, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany 2019

Revolutions per Minute Exhibit - SFO Museum, Terminal 2 San Francisco Airport, October 2011

Talking Clocks and the Phonograph - Westminster Public Library, December 2017

Vinyl Culture - Temporary Exhibit, Munich, Germany December 2008


Phono-Sightings - Phonographs as part of other displays

Basel Toy World Museum, Basel, CH

Centennial Village Museum, Greeley, CO

Hearthstone Historic House Museum, Appleton, WI

Historic Park Museum, Frisco, CO

Museum of Making Music (MoMM), Carlsbad, CA

National Museum of American History - The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

Sentinel Newspaper Museum, Eureka, NV

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, NE


Summary List of Phonographia Factolas


Teddy Bears and the Phonograph


The Phonograph and its Future 1878 - Edison's Probabilities

Letter Writing



Educational Purposes


Family Record

Phonographic Books




Advertising, etc

Speech and other Utterances

Perfect the telephone and revolutionize present systems of telegraphy



The Phonograph - The Evolution of a Revolution


The Phonograph Lives! - Voyager


Tut-mania and the Phonograph - King Tut and the Phonograph circa 1923


PhonoLyrics - A Discography with Phonograph related references


The Promotion of Opera in The Immortal Voice, Bray Studios 1923


Record and Album Cover Factolas

The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women - NPR List 2017 - Turning the Tables

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by ROLLING STONE 2020

Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home

Comedy on Records - Comedy recordings from cylinder to vinyl

Cut Yourself a Piece of Cake - 1923 Comedy Song Hit

Furthest Distance from Earth a Record Played on a Turntable

The Hokey-Pokey

The "Hound Dog" Original Recording

The Moody Blues' The Present album cover

The Most Romantic Cylinder Recording made in the 21st Century?

NASA Beams Song "Across The Universe" Into Deep Space

New (twenty-three) Victor Records Released for January 1919

Nipper in Time after Time Music Video - Cyndi Lauper

Pure Prairie League - Dreams of Long Ago


Bruce Springsteen's Fire - Side B

Video Game Soundtracks on Vinyl

Vinyl Record Resurgence Factola - 2019

What do Rally Playlists Say About the Candidates?



Record Listening Booths


Regina Company, Phonographs and the What-if?


Sewing Machines and the Phonograph


What Tree Rings Sound Like Played on a Record Player


Why December 6th? Celebrating the Birthday of the Phonograph




PhonoArt Menu



Comic Art for Phonograph and Record Ads


Comic Book Covers


First Day Covers


FOTP Favorite LP Album Covers


i-Phono Logos


Nipper Art


Phonograph Album Covers


PhonoArt by PhonoFriends


PhonoArt in Collections & Museums






The Phonograph in the Movies

The Eiffel Tower, an Edison Record and Tomorrowland

Press Play

Song Catcher




Abide - Poems by Jake Adam York, 2014

The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair by Charles McCellan Stevens, 1893

Another Adventure of Elsie and the Bunny, Cadbury Ltd, c.1920's

BLACK HOLE BLUES and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin, 2016

The Boys' Own Phonograph by John Lewees, St. Nicholas, January 1880

The Castle of the Carpathians by Jules Verne, 1893

The Century World's Fair Book for Boys and Girls by Tudor Jenks, 1893

The Christmas of the Phonograph Records, by Mari Sandoz, 1966

The Christmas of the Phonograph Records - Newspapers and the Phonograph in Sheridan County

The Christmas Secret, by David Delamare, 1991

The City of Wonders Souvenir of the World's Fair by Mary Catherine Crowley, 1894

"Columbia and Victor" - A Vaudeville Act by Barto & Clark, 1918

Coming, Aphrodite! by Willa Cather, Youth and the Bright Medusa, 1920

Le Courrier Véritable, Parisian pamphlet, 1632

Curious George Goes to the Hospital by Margret & H.A. Rey, 1966

Dead Musicians by Siegfried Sassoon, 1918

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, 2003

Gargantua and his son Pantagruel How among the frozen words Pantagruel found some odd ones. by Francois Rabelais, 1653

The Girl He Left Behind Him by Howard Taylor, The Talking Machine World, 1906

Good Night Sesame Street, Fisher-Price and Sesame Street, 1979

Hauntiques by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, 2016

Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge? - The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka, 2002

How We Gave a Phonograph Party - The Phonoscope, December 1899

The Hurdy Gurdy Girl by Richard Carle - A Musical Comedy in 3 Acts, 1907

The Image by Daniel J. Boorstin, 1962

The Jukebox Man by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, 1998

Just Imagine by Pippa Goodhart, 2012

Keeping Time by Tim Dooley, 2008

Kids Big Book of Time - Readers Digest by William Edmonds, 1994

Kitchen Disco - A Disc Jockey Named Banana and a Fruit Bowl of Fun, 2017

Looking Backward 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy, 1888 (Connections with theThéâtrophone)

Lost in the Grooves by Kim Cooper and David Smay, 2005

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford, 2017

Love and the Phonograph - The Phonoscope, March 1899

The Magic of Melody by Edgar March, Maclean's Magazine, August 15, 1933

Millie and the GEM Phonograph - A Love Story, The Phonogram June 1900

The Miraculous Phonograph Record by William Saroyan, The Saturday Evening Post, September,1983

The Music Stops by E. M. Forster, 1909

One of Ours by Willa Cather, 1922

Mr. Openeer's Christmas - Phonograph Short Stories, The Phonoscope, November 1899

Needledee and Needledum - A Funnigraph Record by Peter Newell, 1914

No Escape From Black Holes? Stephen Hawking Points to a Possible Exit by Dennis Overbye, The New York Times, 2016

The Patchwork Girl of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, 1913

The Phonograph of Jean Bouvet by Henry S. Kingwell, The Talking Machine World, 1915

The Phonograph and the Graft by O. Henry, McClure's Magazine, 1903

The Phonograph in 1614 by The Phonogram, 1892

The Phonograph in Country Towns by a Local Phonograph Agent, The Phonogram, 1891

The Phonograph Girls and Columbia's Twentieth Century Phonograph, The Talking Machine World, 1906

The Phonograph Witness. A Drama in Five Acts by George W. Hill, 1883

Pleasures of Music by Jacques Barzun, 1952

The Record by Ray Bradbury, 1939

The Revenge of Analog - Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax, 2016

The Rocket Book, by Peter Newell, 1912

Round the Fire: VIII The Story of the Japanned Box by A. Conan Doyle, 1899

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, 2011

Samantha at the World's Fair by Marietta Holley, 1893

Scandal and A Gold Slipper by Willa Cather, Youth and the Bright Medusa, 1920

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, 1915

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, 2014

That Voice - A Phonograph related romance, The Red Cloud Chief, June 20, 1878

The Tables Turned - A Farce in One Act by John Kendrick Bangs, 1893

The Phonograph, by Le Trocaderoscope, 1878

Tea Rex by Molly Idle, 2013

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, 2003

The Tribulations of a Chinaman by Jules Verne, 1879

The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair by Charles McCellan Stevens, 1893

The Valentines' Victrola by Harriet Lummis Smith, 1919

A Voyage to the Moon by Cyrano de Bergerac, 1899

Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories and other disasters by Jean Shepherd, 1971

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, lines 253-256 with Eliot's note for line 253 referencing V. Goldsmith, the song in The Vicar of Wakefield.

Welcome to Samantha's World 1904 - The American Girls Collection American Girl™, 1999

What Happened to Mary, The Ladies' World, 1912-1913

With the Eyes Shut by Edward Bellamy, October 1889 The Harper's New Monthly Magazine

PhonoLithos - Lithographics for Toy Phonographs


Phono Needle Art






Phonographs in Other Ads


Phonograph Floats



Archie and Friends

Assorted Post-1950 Cartoons

Assorted Pre-1950 Cartoons

Betty Boop

Blondie and Dagwood

Dennis the Menace

Donald Duck

Flip the Frog

Menace of Mechanical Music



Political Humor

Talking Machine World Cartoons

Talking Toy Humor

Tom and Jerry

Uncle Josh Stories and Records

The Yellow Kid and Pore Lil Mose

What day is it? - George & Gracie



Sheet Music with Phono Cover Art


Stereoviews and the Phonograph


Valentine Cards


Vogue Picture Discs




About this Site


About this Site - Postscript


Birthday Calendar of Legacy Friends of the Phonograph


Edison: Boyhood and Teen Years (PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE video)


Favorites and Top Five Lists by Friends of the Phonograph



FOTP Favorite LP Albums


FOTP Favorite Songs


FOTP Favorite Album Cover


FOTP Favorite Movies


FOTP Top Five by Topics



FOTP Happy Birthday Song - Play this on the Anniversary of your Birth


Friends of Nipper





Friends of the Phonograph Go GREEN


In Memory of Friends of the Phonograph


Memories of the Phonograph - Stories by Friends of the Phonograph


PhonoAvenue - Phonograph Museums from around the world


PhonoExhibits and Displays - Temporary


The Phonograph's Birthday Anniversary Parties


Phonograph Related Resources, Societies, Archives, Libraries


Phonograph On-Line Collections


Phono-Sightings - Phonographs on display as part of another display (e.g., 1920's Period Room)


Red Letter Days


RPM Birthdays & Unbirthdays

ANY Excuse Celebration - Tea for Two and 2:22 02-22-2022


Temporary Phonograph Related Exhibits


Six Degrees of Separation Stories and Other Musings by DB

About - Postscript - Doug Boilesen 2020

"Canned Music - Share a Coke and a Song" - Doug Boilesen 2016

DB's Musing - "Pause and Step-back" September 2, 2021 - Popular Culture Connections and Politics

Dearborn or Bust 1967 - The trip to Greenfield Village and Edison's Menlo Park via my 1917 Model T - Doug Boilesen - 2015

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover...Unless is has a Phonograph on it - Discovering Abide by Jake Adam York - Doug Boilesen 2019

"Home on the Range" - Connections and an "Our Song" - Doug Boilesen 2017

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

Phonographia and One Perspective on Collecting - Doug Boilesen 2018

Public Libraries as Record Lenders - Nutley Public Library 2017 - Doug Boilesen 2020





The Axel and Betty Boilesen Legacy Exhibit

About the Legacy Collection


The Legacy Exhibit


Axel's Phonograph Story


Betty's Phonograph Story


Axel's Other Stories - Growing up in Cotesfield


Betty's Other Stories - Growing up in Elba


Phonographia Multimedia Presentations

Adventures of a Cyclist - A Magic Lantern Presentation accompanied by The Edison Concert Band playing Ye Ancients March, Edison Gold Moulded Record No. 8946 (1905)


Adventures of Mr. Snapshot - A Magic Lantern Presentation accompanied by The Edison Military Band performing American Students’ Waltzes, Edison Record No. 8740 (1904)


America - A Magic Lantern Presentation with artwork by Joseph Boggs Beale and accompanied by The Indestructible Military Band performing The Star Spangled Banner and America, Indestructible Record No. 3943 (1908)


Annie's Treat - A Magic Lantern Presentation accompanied by an 1896 Regina music box playing The Nightingale Song.


Are Mr. and Mrs. Snapshot at Home? - A Magic Lantern Presentation accompanied by brown wax cylinder recording of Nanon Waltz, circa 1891-1893.


Break the News to Mother - A Magic Lantern Presentation accompanied by J.W. Myers singing Break the News to Mother, Columbia Records.


A Christmas Carol - A Magic Lantern Presentation using Newton & Co. Slides (1884) of Charles Dicken's story accompanied by “The Carol Singers” performing "God rest you, merry gentlemen" on Edison Blue Amberol Record No. 3346 (1917)



A Christmas Carol - A dramatized presentation featuring illustrations from print editions (1844–1915) and the recording of “The Awakening of Scrooge” on Edison Amberol Record No. 12378 (1911) performed by Bransby Williams as Ebenezer Scrooge who awakens on Christmas Day.


The Cyclists' Elopement - A Magic Lantern Presentation illustrated by Bamforth & Co., (1897) accompanied by Peaceful Henry played by The Edison Concert Band, Edison Gold Moulded Record No. 8562 (1903)


Peaceful Henry - Edison Record No. 8562 Release Notes:The Edison Phonograph Monthly 1903; Sheet Music, Dealer Programme

Edison: From the Telephone and Telegraph Comes the Phonograph (An AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PBS video)


Edison: Invention in Late 19th-Century America (An AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PBS video)


Geraldine Farrar as Marguerite singing "The Jewel Song" in the 1919 film The World and Its Woman


Happy Birthday Song for Friends of the Phonograph - a.k.a. Your Birth Anniversary Song


Happy New Year - Auld Lang Syne - Phonograph ephemera accompanied by Auld Lang Syne performed by the Mediaval Baebes, 2014


Killarney - A Magic Lantern Presentation accompanied by Miss Marie Narelle singing Killarney, Edison Gold Moulded Record No. 9081 (1905).


Killarney No. 9081 - The Edison Phonograph Monthly Release Notes, Humourous Incident and Miss Marie Narelle


Nursery Rhymes - A Magic Lantern Presentation Illustrated by W. Butcher & Sons, London (ca. 1910) accompanied by Thousand-and-One Nights Waltz played by the Edison Concert Band (1908)


The Phonograph - An American Experience PBS video - This excerpt from PBS's 2015 “Edison” focuses on Edison's December 7, 1877 demonstration of his phonograph at the New York City offices of “Scientific American” and the fame it brought him.


Ring Out the Bells for Christmas - Phonograph ephemera accompanied by Ring Out the Bells for Christmas, Edison Record No. 9806 (1907)


The Song of Mr. Phonograph - 2016 Version by ©Nick Jester and ©2020 Phonographia


Snowball Fight in Lyon, France 1897 - A Lumière brothers film accompanied by Snow Queen performed by the Indestructible Military Band (1909)


Uncle Josh and the Lightning Rod Agent - Uncle Josh's encounter with a Lightning Rod Agent from his 1905 book Uncle Josh's Punkin Centre Stories by Cal Stewart, "The Talking Machine Story Teller.


Uncle Josh on a Bicycle - Uncle Josh's rides a bicycle for the first time from his 1905 book Uncle Josh's Punkin Centre Stories by Cal Stewart, "The Talking Machine Story Teller."


W.K.L. Dickson Greets Friends of the Phonograph - William Dickson moving hat from one hand to another, Edison Studio, May 1891 Courtesy Library of Congress accompanied by Edison Record "Blue Ribbon March"


W.K.L. Dickson's Kinetophonographic Movie - combined sound and film in 1895 (Courtesy Library of Congress)


Workers Exit the Lumière Factory in Lyon, France 1895 - A Lumière brothers film accompanied by Everybody Works But Father sung by Bob Roberts (1905)


The Phonogram, August 1902







Uncle Sam and Kaiser Bill - Motion toy phonograph attachment, National Toy Co., 1919

Submarine Attack" A "Talking" Book, The Talking Book Corporation, Emerson Records 1919

The Moment the Guns Fell Silent - WW1 Armistice Interpretation (Sound Installation) by Coda to Coda, 2018




Supplemental Connections and Annotations

Willa Cather and William Jennings Bryan




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