Is anyone on this list in Westchester County NY? If so, do you know if the White Plains library
still has their extensive record collection? Most of those records were in outstanding shape, at
least when I was a teen, some 25-30 years ago. They used to have quite an eclectic collection, lots
of interesting spoken-word stuff.
The last time I sat at a library listening station and played an LP was probably college. The only
way I could learn the Shakespeare plays was by listening and reading along. It saved me so much time
of trying to figure out how to read that olde English -- for some reason it all made sense when
performed (by a British cast, of course). I think some people remember what they hear better than
what they see. Someone, I forgot who, told me once that aural/oral people remember soundtracks to
their dreams whereas visual-oriented people only remember images.
-- Tom Fine
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I used the local libraries to learn about recordings that were available, or at least available at
one time, and used that information to seek out my own copy. As simple as that sounds, I never
considered dubbing anything.
Syracuse Public Library had a fine collection of shellac dating to the teens.
We have it here at Belfer now ,when the record collection was donated. The best shellac ( IMHO ) is
in fine shape. No one could tell me what machines they used at that time to play the records in
The sound of 2 or 3 victrolas all trying to compete with each other doesn't paint a pretty picture
and ther were no listening rooms.
Were there disc machines with ear tubes ? I've never seen one.