Crank up the Victrola

Back in the days of the hand cranked Victrola these old 78 rpm records brought music to folks with limited access to the larger world. Radio stations broadcast songs of A.P. Carter, Sarah, and Mother Maybell, across the airwaves from Bristol Virginia/Tennessee, into mountain homes with battery powered radios. The records, like the one above, were recorded live and cut onto a metal disc that was then used to press the vinyl records. Classical and Jazz records were a hit as well. I still don’t understand how a scratching needle can make beautiful music!

We have come a long way from 78 rpms of my childhood. Digital sound is amazing as it comes from many devices manufactured today. Interestingly the old 45 rpm and 33 1/3 rpm players are not making a comeback with the younger generation! There is something magical about putting a record on, watching it spin and listening to the music come pouring out! The old ways weren’t so bad after all!

RCA Victor

Music coming from a horn

Flappers dance to Swing

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Photo from Robert’s Books in Lincoln City, Oregon – Dwight L. Roth

42 thoughts on “Crank up the Victrola

  1. I loved those days when I played records on my victrola! There was something magical about it perhaps because being young and naive, I could swoon and dream. I also was crazy about my transistor radio. Those were the days – sigh.

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  2. Wonderful! The images in your haiku are vivid and joy filled!
    We still have most of our well-seasoned vinyl records from teen years, etc…and we used some of the record albums to decorate the walls in one room of our home.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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