Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Victrola

In March of this year, I wandered into an antiques mall (the Treasure Chest), met Fred, and bought several items including this Victrola.

I haven't taken my victrola into the office, I keep it at home. Partially because while it is old and genuine, I'm not entirely sure that it counts as something used in education.

 I think Victrolas were entirely for home entertainment and were in people's parlors, not in schools.

I gather in the early days there were two types of record players: those with external horns and those with an internal speaker. The internal speaker type are Victrolas. This one dates from around 1920.

Anybody know what the ones with the external speakers are called? I think they are record players but I'm not so sure....

The machine came with one particularly beat-up old 78 rpm records. In fact, it had a cigarette burn on it so you could play the first third. But it was a great song, it was the army fight song.

Over hill, over dale...Or is it ...

Over Here, Over there, we will hit, the dusty trail, and those cassions, go rolling along.


BBat50 said...

Over hill, over dale
We have hit the dusty trail,
And the Caissons go rolling along.
In and out, hear them shout,
Counter marching and right about,
And those Caissons go rolling along.
For it's hi! hi! hee!
In the field artillery,
count out your numbers loud and strong,
And where e'er you go,
You will always know
That the Caissons go rolling along.

Anonymous said...

ihave several 78s for sale if your interested.they are victrola.