He actually bought a two-hundred-dollar mahogany Victrola
and an assortment of records, bringing both home with him in his car and, assisted eagerly by Bill, carrying them into the front room with an air that said it was a purchase he had been intending to make for a long time.
"I wanted to hear firsthand what Abelia Brody places on her Victrola
in the summer of 1917," he says.
Perhaps in part because it was a familiar tune that I had not heard for many years, and it evoked poignant memories of my childhood, when my father would play his scratchy 78 RPM records on our old Victrola
, but surely also because it is a sprightly and uplifting piece with a recurring theme that one must irresistibly sing along to.
Caption: In 1929, RCA bought the Victor Talking Machine Company, then the world's largest manufacturer of records, including its showcase Victrola
A record player seems to have been a much-appreciated novelty, since Chapman noted on 23 October "Signor Victrola
gives concert in the Ross salon in evening and a very enjoyable time was spent." and on Sunday, 2 November: "Mr & Mrs Talbot go to Very Reverend Bro.
In his second exhibit, "Rosscapili @ 59," the artist will be showcasing large acrylic pieces as well as resin sculptures complemented by a showcase of his vintage audio collections, specifically Rock-Ola 1977 Jukebox, Victor Gramophone, Victrola
Console Turntable, and a reel-to-reel tape player, which will play throughout the show in homage to His Master's Voice (HMV) dog sculptures.
He thanks Nelson for the gift of Victrola
records--presumably a Christmas gift--and encourages Robert to keep trying hard with his dancing lessons and not to get discouraged.
By day, break away for a sip of truly good Seattle espresso at Caffe Vita (caffevita.com) or Victrola
Coffee Roasters (victrolacoffee.com), farther down Pike Street.
"And so as I learn every one of these songs, I'm remembering tales of my mom talking about her mom and dad out on the ranch in Montana either listening to the radio, or playing a record on a Victrola
and dancing to 'Keep Your Sunny Side Up.' "
I woke her up with a cup of coffee, the song, "Thank You for Loving Me" on the Victrola
, and singing along with it.
A three-panel folding screen carved in walnut with chiseled geometric patterns and landscape elements is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as is his carved Victrola
cabinet, dating from 1930.