In a message dated 11/19/2009 12:19:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
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>Why did you use the word "definitely"??? It seemed immediately obvious
>that she didn't know. This was confirmed by her off-list reply to me:
When challenged on the other list the reply was "they are 45, I'm old
enough to know about records", and, how does one get to be "Senior Archivist &
Historian, Institute on World War II & the Human Experience" without ever
hearing about WWII voice letters?
I explained there that the 45 speed would have been impossible during WWII
and the content should help identify the era. There are STILL US troops
stationed in Korea and Germany so the recording could have been made any time
in the 50's. It would be an interesting rare example of a use of disk
recording technology if it were and therefore of interest to ARSC, as well as
that apparently nobody used it after WWII.
Usually it's hard to guess what people have, based on their descriptions.
I hesitate to dismiss something as impossible just because it isn't like
anything I've seen. However a picture, or the object in hand, saves a lot of
It is amazing how little most people know about anything remotely technical
nowadays. Recently someone at the museum said he has come WWII voice
letters on "thick, heavy disks" (relative to CDs?), and a letter from Germany
about some pre war "wireless recordings" (since he "knew" that wire recording
didn't exist until after the war!). I wouldn't try to guess!