“Victor or Victrola?”

There is a good chance that during the 1910s families in our family tree listened to their 78s on either a Victor or a Victrola. Yes they were different but both were products of the Victor Talking Machine Company. The Victor had the horn mounted externally while the Victor Talking machine had an internal horn. ( As always Wikipedia provides real good background information on the subject of early phonographs and related subjects.

These were both more popular than other “talking” machines and there were other “knockoffs” even then. Working class families used their limited pay checks to acquire the necessities for the home then and a phonograph soon became one of them. A home radio was still more than a decade away. The history of the development of “radio” is very interesting with individuals from all nationalities contributing to the eventual home radio. One major event in this history was the first radio audio broadcast from Brant Rock, Massachusetts in 1906. Ships at sea could hear the engineer who was sending the signal played Holy Night on his violin. Present day folks in our Tree live near Brant Rock and some of us used to vacation there with neighbors (Ryan’s) who had a cottage there.

Well back to the Victrola. I’m not sure what machine the Murphy’s had in their Dorchester home in 1910s or so but I’ll bet you they had one or the other. For at that time there were four or five teenagers and listening to popular tunes was important then as it is now.

Again with Wikipedia ‘s assistance it as easy to locate information on those popular songs of the time. I’ve attached below a photo of a record buff’s 100 most poplar tunes for 1910- 18 of the songs listed. And to listen to these tunes it is easy enough to find a site that plays the tunes. Try listening. You’ll quickly be humming a good o’tune.

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