Table of Contents



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


The Brownies and the Phonograph


Cable Addresses and the Phonograph


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


Children's Phonographs and Popular Culture Characters

Roy Rogers - Records and Other Phonographia



Other Opportunities to Own a Phonograph


Pathé is Supreme


Portable Phonographs






Massani's "The Phonograph"


Phonograph Related Ads in January 1919 TMW


Phonograph Signs and Billboards


Phonograph Window Displays


The Phonograph with a Soul


Pre-1900 Ads - A Talking Machine for the Home


1900-1905 Ads - Delight and Music of the World


1905-1910 Ads - Welcome the Phonograph into the Home


1910-1915 Ads - The Phonograph in the Early Teens


1915-1920 Ads - The Phonograph in the Late Teens


1920-1930 Ads - The Phonograph in the Twenties


1930-1940 Ads - The Phonograph in the Thirties


1940-1945 Ads - The Phonograph in the Early Forties


1945-1950 Ads - The Phonograph in the Late Forties


Post 1950 Ads


RCA Victor's Golden Throat


Recordrama Albums - RCA Victor


Santa, Christmas and the Phonograph


Shopping for a Phonograph


Silhouette Ads - Columbia


Silhouette Ads - Edison


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


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


Tone, Fidelity and Realism


Victor Book of the Opera


Victor Supremacy


Visions of Artists in the Home


"Which is which?" The 1908 Victor Advertising Campaign


Winter Evenings - Never Dull with a Phonograph





Autostops - "Don't get up"


Believe it or Not Factolas!


Bottling Up Sound for Future Use


Connections and the Phonograph Industry - Doug Boilesen 2020


Courtships, Proposals and the Phonograph - Doug Boilesen 2022


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


December 6 and 25 - Santa, Christmas and the Phonograph


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


Electrical Association Convention, 1892 - Phonographs on display


Enterprise Mfg. Trade Cards 1893 WCE - Assorted Enterprise products advertised with trade cards at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.


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


On this Day Phonograph Calendar

Phonographia Red-Letter Days

RPM Birthdays & Unbirthdays



Phonograph as 'Dining' Entertainer


The Phonograph - The Evolution of a Revolution


The Phonograph Lives! - Voyager


PhonoLyrics - A Discography with Phonograph related references


Popular Culture in 1877, the Year of the Phonograph


The Promotion of Opera in The Immortal Voice, Bray Studios 1923 with Rosa Ponselle recordings


Record Listening Booths


Regina Company, Phonographs and the What-if?


Sewing Machines and the Phonograph


Six Degrees of Separation


Summary List of Phonographia Factolas


Teddy Bears and the Phonograph


Telephone and "Hello" Sheet Music


Telephone Call Related Records


Thanksgiving and the Phonograph


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


The Turkey Trot


Uncle Sam and Brother Jonathan: Salesmen 1876 - 1900


Uncle Sam and The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893


Victor Recordrama Albums


What is an Opera? - The Victrola Book of the Opera, 1921


What Tree Rings Sound Like Played on a Record Player


Why December 6th? Celebrating the Birthday of the Phonograph


William Jennings Bryan and the Phonograph


World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Edison Electric Tower


World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and The Electricity Building


World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Kinetograph



Phonograph Museums

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, FL

Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex - Virtual Tour

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.

Fort Wallace Museum, Wallace, KS

Grammophonicum Museum, Bregenz, Austria

The Grammy's Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Johnson Victrola Museum, Dover, NJ

Kanazawa Phonograph Museum Kanazawa, Ishikawa Japan

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

Museum Collection, Moscow, Russia

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Music Makers Museum, Hillsboro, Ohio

Museum of Sound Discovery, Saint-Fargeau, France

The Music House Museum, Traverse City, MI

National Museum of African American Music, Nashville, TN

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

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

Paris Phono Museum, Paris, France

Pioneer Village, Minden, NE

RCA Studio B, Nashville, TN

The Riverdale Science Museum, Riverdale, USA

Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

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

Phonograph On-Line Collections


Phonograph Exhibits

PhonoExhibits - Phonograph Displays as Temporary Exhibits

The Legacy Exhibit - Lincoln, NE 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, September 2017

Vinyl Culture - Temporary Exhibit, Munich, Germany December 2008




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.

Old Homestead House Museum, Cripple Creek, CO

Sentinel Newspaper Museum, Eureka, NV

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, NE


The Phonograph and its Future 1878 - Edison's Probabilities



Educational Purposes


Family Record

Phonographic Books




Advertising, etc

Speech and other Utterances

Perfect the telephone and revolutionize present systems of telegraphy



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

Fire - Bruce Springsteen's Side B

First LP Album - Columbia in 1948

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 Victor Records Released for January 1919

Nipper in Time after Time Music Video - Cyndi Lauper

Pure Prairie League - Dreams of Long Ago

Rally Playlists - What do they say about the candidates?


Video Game Soundtracks on Vinyl

Vinyl Record Resurgence - 2019


Abide - Poems by Jake Adam York, 2014

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

Albumazar, The Phonogram, February 1892

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

Art & Max, by David Wiesner, 2010

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

The Birthday Cake by Sven Nordqvist, 2005

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

A Gravestone Made of Wheat by Will Weaver, 1989

Great First Nights at the Lyceum by Ellen Terry, McClure's Magazine, February 1908

Hauntiques by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, 2016

Hail to Grandmas by Dana Moseley, 1985

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 by William Edmonds, Readers Digest, 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

"Ma Pettengill and the Song of Songs" by Harry Leon Wilson, The Saturday Evening Post, August 1915

McBroom's Ghost by Sid Fleischman, 1971

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 Misadvertures of Cassidy by Edward S. Moffat, McClure's Magazine, May 1908

The Music Stops by E. M. Forster, 1909

My Dog by Fred Andrews, 1976

My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber, 1933

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 on the Side of Justice and Truth - A French Play, The Talking Machine World, 1907

The Phonograph in 1614, 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

Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley, 1928

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 Singer's Heart, by Harris Merton Lyon, McClure's Magazine, July 1908

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, 1915

Sounds by Allan P. Sanday & Illustrated by Bernard H. Robinson, 1975

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

Phantoms & Phonographs by Ami Diane, 2019

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, The Harper's New Monthly Magazine, October 1889

PhonoLithos - Lithographics for Toy Phonographs


PhonoMovie Ephemera - Stills, Lobby Cards and Moving Picture Clips with Phonograph related themes, scenes and machines


PhonoMovies - Phonographs in the Movies List and Links


PhonoMovie Clips and Cartoons

Betty Boop 's Crazy Invention - Max Fleischer's cartoon featuring a "Voice Recorder," (1933)

Booby Dupes - The Three Stooges (Columbia Pictures, 1945) (two scenes - Curly's 'Radio' in the Fish Truck and Saved by the Victrola)

Busy Bodies - Laurel and Hardy (©MGM 1933)

The Eiffel Tower, an Edison Record and Tomorrowland (Disney ©1999)

Edison, The Man starring Spencer Tracy and Rita Johnson. (©MGM 1940)

Flip the Frog - "The Office Boy" cartoon by Ub Iwerks, ©MGM, Released July 16, 1932

Gents without Cents - The Three Stooges (©Columbia Pictures, 1944)

Go Go Amigo - Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales (©Warner Bros., 1965)

High Fidelity - Movie Trailer (20 sec. excerpt) (©Touchstone Pictures ©2000)

High Fidelity - How to Organize Record Albums Discussion (Touchstone Pictures ©2000)

It's a Wonderful Life - Donna Reed smashes "Buffalo Gal" record (1947)

The Immortal Voice, Bray Studios 1923

Mr. Peabody's Improbable History - Ludwig Von Beethoven, cartoon (c. 1960) ©Jay Ward Productions.

The Night of the Iguana (©Seven Arts Productions, 1964)

Pluto's Blue Note (©Walt Disney, 1947)

Rocky & Bullwinkle - Mr. Know-It All - "How to Own a Hi-Fi on a Low Income and IQ" (c.1960) ©Jay Ward Productions.

Rocky & Bullwinkle - Mr. Know-It All - "How to Make a Hit Record." (c.1960) ©Jay Ward Productions.

Songcatcher (Touchstone ©2000)

The Stenographer's Friend, (or What was Accomplished by an Edison Business Phonograph), 1910 (Courtesy Library of Congress)

Toy Story 2 - "The Record Player Scene" (Walt Disney Productions ©1999)

A Very Long Engagement (Warner Bros. France ©2004)

W.K.L. Dickson's Kinetophonographic Movie - Violin Solo Experiment c.1895 (Courtesy Library of Congress)



Phono Needle Art






Phonographs in Other Ads


Phonograph Floats



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



Pluto's Blue Note

Political Humor

Rocky and Bullwinkle

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


Phono-wear - Apparel, Accessories, and Sartorial Phonographians


Sheet Music with Phono Cover Art


Stereoviews and the Phonograph


Valentine Cards


Vogue Picture Discs




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 - To be played on the Anniversary of your Birth


Friends of Nipper




Friends of the Phonograph Go GREEN


In Memory of Friends of the Phonograph


PhonoAvenue - Phonograph Museums from around the world


PhonoExhibits and Displays - Temporary


The Phonograph's Birthday Anniversary Parties


Phonograph Resources, Archives, Societies, and Recordings


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


Temporary Phonograph Related Exhibits


Six Degrees of Separation Stories and Other Musings by DB

"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

Hats off to the Phonograph! - About the unpublished book

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

The John Johnson 5"x7" glass negatives - How Axel and Doug Boilesen aquired them in 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



Memories of the Phonograph by Friends of the Phonograph


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" (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 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 (2001) - This is Our Tune...Remember? This is Our Tune...Remember?

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

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

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

Buffett, Peter * (2010) - Excerpt from Life Is What You Make It about 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

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

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

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)

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

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

"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)

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 Dealers Suspended by Edison

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

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



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)


Fitness, Flappers and Phonograph Records - PBS History Detectives - Wallace Rogerson's Exercise Records


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


Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Easter and the Phonograph - Phonograph connected Easter postcards accompanied by Gene Autry singing Here Comes Peter Cottontail, 1950


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)


Party Line - A Customer Service skills training film by Western Electric Company and the Bell Telephone System (in the era of teenagers and the phonograph.)


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.


The Phonograph and Santa - An excerpt from Thomas A. Edison’s 1905 moving picture “The Night Before Christmas” accompanied by Gene Autry’s 1953 record “Up on the Housetop.”


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"


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


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Miscellaneous PhonoMultimedia

Anita Stewart - Hitch Your Wagon to the Stars

Making a wax recording (Demonstration by Henry Ford Museum)

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

The Sneeze - Filmed on January 7, 1894 (Kinetoscopic Record from Library of Congress and film)

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

Talking Photos "Speak for Themselves" -TBD

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

Violin Solo, W.K.L. Dickson Experiment (c. 1895)

The Graduation 2023






Supplemental Connections, References and Annotations

The Bell-Tainter U Graphophone by Shawn ORourke - Bell-Tainter series of phonographs. This video demonstrates a new discovery of a Bell-Tainter U Graphophones produced in 1897.

Disquaires de Paris - Using an interactive

Glasgow Main Street - Glasgow shops on a cobbled street circa 1930's are featured in the time-travel exhibit at Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland (with no phonographs).

Hotpoint Electric Kitchen Appliance ads (Edison General Electric Appliance Co.)

"The Ideal Amanuensis" Circular Letter from North American Phonograph Co. to Businesses, September 18, 1893

"If It Could Have Been. A Retrospective," by Col. Robert G. Ingersoll and the Garden of Eden. The Phonogram, January 1, 1891.

"I Forgot My Phone" by Charlene deGuzman, 2013 (a.k.a., "The Family Scrapbook of the 21st Century!")

The Kinetoscope - An American Experience PBS video

Phonogram Images on Paper, 1250-1950 by Patrick Feaster - Presentation given by Patrick Feaster at the annual conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in Los Angeles, May 12, 2011.

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

The Théâtrophone - Brief history of the Théâtrophone.

Willa Cather: The Road Is All - PBS American Master's segment from the film which explored Cather’s role as the managing editor of McClure’s magazine.

Willa Cather and William Jennings Bryan











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