Memories of the Phonograph


Short stories and connections related to the Phonograph


Axel Boilesen - 2000


The Edison Amberola - The Jolly Coppersmith, Cotesfield, NE


Betty Ann Barr Boilesen - 2000


Playing School - My first memory of the Phonograph, Elba, NE


Doug Boilesen - 2001


The "Our Song" Phenomenon - Red River Rock, Lincoln NE


James Boilesen - 2018


I am a Friend of the Phonograph


Peter Buffett - 2010


Excerpt from his book, Life Is What You Make It, about music and technology (and an early repair he made on the family phonograph)


Hawthorne School - 1998


Second graders learn about the Phonograph, Hawthorne Elementary School, Lincoln, NE

Garrison Keillor - 2017

Memories of bringing my LP to our youth church group so that they could listen to Handel's Messiah.


Douglas Keister - 2007


A Field Report on Obsessive Phonograph Collecting Disorder Submitted by Douglas Keister HSD AAC


Andy Orlando - 2009


Our phonograph in Dos Palos, California, and other memories


Judy Orlando - 2018


Memories of growing up, music and the phonograph


Fionn Regan - 2007


An Irish singer-songwriter recalls growing up with record sleeves but no record player, Dublin, Ireland


Tom Rivett - 2013


A boy's voice from 1954 lost and found, Lincoln, NE by Cindy Lange-Kubick, The Lincoln Journal-Star

Judy Steffes - 2015


Memories of growing up in West Bend, WI, with the family phonograph in the dining room.


First Radio-Phonograph 1949 Details of Axel & Betty's first Radio-Phonograph 1949
Oliver Wang - 2015 Baby's First Record (and Record Player) - Cuepoint
Jim Copp by David Owen - 2018 A tribute to one of the most creative storytellers on record written by David Owen in The New Yorker, 2018
Factola's Miscellaneous "Facts" related to Phonographs and recorded music.



The Axel and Betty Boilesen Legacy Exhibit is dedicated to examining and celebrating the human experience as framed by music through vinyl records.


Phonographic Memory blog - Watch reorganizing Record Albums (autobiographically) scene from High Fidelity





In Memory of Friend's of the Phonograph

Betty Ann Barr Boilesen - 2000

Bob Gross - 2003

Lawrence Brown - 2006

Carie 2009

Axel Christian Boilesen - 2013

Andy Orlando 2018



Every man's memory is his private literature. - Aldous Huxley

It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. - Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

The past is never dead, it is not even past. - William Faulkner

"When an old person dies, a library burns." African proverb revived by Malian writer Amadou Hampaté Ba

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.- From the television show The Wonder Years

We do not remember days; we remember moments. - Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand

To speak the name of the dead is to make them live again - Ancient Egyptian Belief

WIthin our hearts, the ones we love are never really gone - In spirit and in memory, their legacy lives on. - Hallmark

All those moments will be lost in tears in rain. - The Blade Runner

...She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, For ever wilt thou love and she be fair! - John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn

"You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead" - Lennon/McCartney, Two of Us, 1969

A story is what holds us together, and what is left when we leave - Marshall Dodge, The New Yorker, Oct 22, 1979

"The backward look transforms its object...History cannot be touched without changing it." Siegfried Giedion

"I like the old days, but not all the days, only the good old days" - Departure, The Long Winters

It was no thought or word that called culture into being, but a tool or a weapon. After the stone axe we needed song and story to remember innocence, to record effect - and so to describe the limits, to say what can be done without damage. Wendell Berry, 1974





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