The JANUARY 1919 Victor Record 45156



A Little Birch Canoe and You - Victor Number 45156-A


A Little Birch Canoe and You sung by Olive Kline and Orpheus Quartet

Victor matrix B-22263 Recorded 10/31/1918 (Courtesy DAHR)

LISTEN - Victor Record Number 45156-A (5)

Audio of this recording from the UCSB Library



Music by Lee S. Roberts, published by Jerome H. Remich & Co. 1918

Courtesy University of Oregon Libraries - OregonDigital



Taking the phonograph anywhere, including on a canoe, was a theme in phonograph ads. Canoes with phonographs on board are also found in other popular culture examples.


Canoes with phonographs on board, postmarked October 21, 1915




Sonora Phonograph 12" x 20" color lithograph dealer display, circa 1919



In Sousa's 1906 article complaining about 'canned music" and the dark future of music in America which was in danger because of the menace of the phonograph, Sousa used as one of his examples the scene of a gramophone romantically serenading a maiden in a canoe on the lake:

"In the prospective scheme of mechanical music, we shall see man and maiden in a light canoe under the summer moon upon an Adirondack lake with a gramophone caroling love songs from amidships. - Appleton's Magazine, "The Menace of Mechanical Music" by John Philip Sousa, September 1906


"The Menace of Mechanical Music " by John Philip Sousa, Appleton's Magazine, September 1906





"The Columbia Vacation Grafonola can be tucked away safely in any corner of your...canoe." 1919



RPPC May 9, 1919








The Bluebird - Victor Number 45156-B


The Bluebird by Elsie Baker

Victor matrix B-22252 Recorded 9/24/1918 (Courtesy DAHR (6)

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Audio of this recording from the UCSB Library




The Bluebird by Clare Kummer, Published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1916

Courtesy The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection, Johns Hopkins University




Bluebird Records is a RCA Victor subsidiary record label that began in 1932.


Bluebird Records is best known for its low-cost releases, primarily of blues and jazz in the 1930s and 1940s. It was founded in 1932 as a lower-priced RCA Victor subsidiary label. Bluebird became known for what came to be known as the "Bluebird sound", which influenced rhythm and blues and early rock and roll. Wikipedia




Elsie Baker and Olive Kline

New Victor Records October 1919