Sepia Saturday

I made another short video for Sepia Saturday. I’ve used photos from my recent trip to the Charles Dawes House in Evanston. Charles Dawes was a diplomat and Coolidge’s Vice President. His house on Lake Michigan is now a museum with a collection of old gramophones and such. Their website doesn’t describe that collection so I’m not sure who donated the collection.

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7 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday

  1. I like your video essay. Can you lengthen the time images are displayed? The two machines are not gramophones or early phonographs but are instead music boxes. The metal discs have perforations punched into the metal and the little tangs engage the tongues of the pitched metal comb. Very complex mechanisms that predate the phonograph, however they do allow for interchangeable discs to change the tunes. The cylinder model looks like it has a very large scale, perhaps as many notes as a piano. It uses little teeth to pluck the music box comb. Both are powered by windup spring motors which inspired the early gramophones. A gramophone record replays sound in real time and the motor needs a steady speed to keep the pitch and tempo correct.. But on a music box the spacing of the perforations and teeth determines the music’s rhythm and when the spring motor loses energy the music just slows down and the pitch is unaffected.

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  2. Thank you for a unique and enjoyable ‘trip’ through the old fashioned world of recorded music. Some great pictures – but I’m glad we have CDs and such now-a-days. Can’t help but wonder what’s coming 50 years from now???

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