I've been fascinated by the
phonograph since I was a young boy.
Phonographia.com is my way of
displaying much of that interest.
Cultural questions related to
the phonograph and how it was marketed to the home are central themes.
But this really means how did the phonograph fit into the home? How
did it become defined as essential to the family? And how has it been
seen in daily life and popular culture through the decades?
Phonographia are connections
that show the impact and influence of the phonograph. Anything connected
with the phonograph is in scope, e.g. stories related to the phonograph,
artwork, advertisements, cartoons, records and album covers, and stacks
of other phonograph related ephemera.
I chose Phonographia
(think phonograph memorabilia) in 2001 as this site's domain
name because it's meant to include any memory or connection with the
The Phonograph started a cultural
revolution with its entertainment recordings. But it also literally
was a revolution of sound with records revolving at different
rpms on a variety of talking machines playing "bottled up"
Phonographia is my virtual scrapbook
of phonograph related images and connections, organized and named
like any Friend of the Phonograph would expect, e.g., PhonoArt,
PhonoToons, PhonoLinks, PhonoFood, PhonoDrinks, PhonoLyrics, Memories
of the Phonograph, etc.
Phonographia is also a photo
album and a record of my own small group of Friends of the Phonograph
and our related celebrations, lists and memories connected with
I believe the legacy of the
Phonograph should be remembered and celebrated.
Hopefully, Phonographia makes
a contribution to that intent and to the "prismatic recollection
of history." (1)