Since I was a little
boy I've been fascinated by the phonograph.
My paper-route made
it possible to buy my first Victrola when I was twelve. Auctions
were an early source for acquiring a talking machine and my father
and I would sometimes spend hours waiting to bid on a phonograph with
its morning-glory horn. We weren't very sophisticated buyers and had
limited funds so we unfortunately didn't pursue rare machines. But
it was always fun and there was alot of serendipity in our collecting.
Through the years
my interest in phonographs has taken some turns, from phonographs
(the pre-1920 machines and records) to toy phonographs to talking
toys that used internal 'records' to talk and finally to less space
demanding phonograph ephemera (postcards, advertisements, lithographs,
related to the phonograph and how it was marketed to the home have
always been of particular interest to me. But in truth anything
connected with the phonograph seems to catch my attention: talking
machines, stories about the phonograph, artwork that includes phonographs,
phonograph advertisments and all sorts of phono ephemera are all footprints
that I willingly follow including down all the associated rabbit holes.
I chose Phonographia
(think phonograph memorabilia) as this site's name because
it's meant to include any memory or connection with the phonograph.
The Phonograph engraved
its history into records but it also literally was a revolution
of sound with records revolving at different rpms and with captured
sound reproduced by a variety of talking machines.
an internet site in 2001
and it continues to be a work-in-progress.
I use images and information
from many sources and sometimes it may look like a scrap-book of eccentric
connections and memorabilia. But if anyone sees something that is
incorrect, please let me know as my intent is to simply be a Friend
of the Phonograph and tell its story, accurately but at the same
time from my own perspective.
of my collection, c.1966 in my parents basement (Photo courtesy of
History and Story Telling:
How an Archive of the Internet
Could Change History On Technology
By JENNA WORTHAM JUNE 21, 2016
Last year, two scientists presented a theory
in quantum mechanics that they called “entangled histories.” They
argue that the existence of a particle in space is fractured along
many alternate timelines, all of which must be considered to understand
the full chronology of its life cycle. It is baffling and exhilarating
in the way only quantum physics can be, but one idea stood out as
particularly resonant. Jordan Cotler, an author of the paper and a
graduate student at Stanford University, has said, “Our best description
of the past is not a fixed chronology but multiple chronologies that
are intertwined with each other.” We’ve long known that this is how
human history works — an unimaginable number of small stories, compressed
into one big one. But maybe now we finally have the ability to record
and capture them all, and history can become something else entirely:
not a handful of voices, but a cacophony.
Using the internet and arhives of social media
to "generate a more prismatic recollection of history."