This weekend, my husband Terry had a garage sale with a theme: Rock & Roll. He was doing some major housecleaning and decided to get rid of a lot of his old vinyl, 45's and cd's, plus vintage publications and anything music related. The cats did their part, of course!
I asked if I could put a few boxes of old 78's out there. They were definitely not rock & roll. But I thought maybe people who were interested in records may find them interesting.
Turns out I was wrong. Not a single 78 was sold. They all got carried back into the house after the sale was over.
I decided to go through some of the records and put a few on the antique phonograph. I love the sound of good old scratchy recordings from the past! Some of the sleeves are very pretty, although not in very good shape.
Here's my phonograph, a tabletop model from the early 1900's. It needs to be hand-cranked in order to play.
The manufacturer is "Davis Phonograph Company" from Chicago. I didn't find any references to this company anywhere on the internet.
I bought a little tin where I keep my needles. The needles have to be changed often to prevent the records from scratching.
Here's a great classic from John McCormack called "Roses of Picardy." I just love the way he rolls his "R's!" I recorded this earlier today. Enjoy!
P.S., You will need to turn off my background music ( at the bottom of my page) in order hear this!