Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Johnson Victrola Museum & Emile Berliner

A visit to The Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover, Delaware, named for Elridge Johnson who collaborated with Emile Berliner to add a spring motor to the gramophone, and founded the Victor Talking Machine Company.

Some very nice displays of early sound technology.  But also a very impressive collection of Nippers, the famous canine from the trademark of the Victor Talking Machine Company.  Filmed a short montage of some very nice examples of Nipperania.  Although the Nipper here in this picture that's modeled after a taxidermy head mounted on a wooden plaque seemed a little disconcerting to me.

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Interviewed the director of the museum and one of the resident experts.  And then an interview with Oliver Berliner, the grandson of Emile Berliner, inventor of the gramophone.  Some footage of the "Grammy" posthumously awarded to the gramophone's inventor.  Interesting that the "Grammy" is named for the gramophone and not the phonograph, but then again, would someone really want to win something called the "Phony" award?

More info on Emile Berliner here at the Library of Congress:
Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry

"That's all."

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