Hopes, Holiday plans & Postcards

Another selection for the season – get fit and book your holiday!

Fitech - Personal Fitness Calculator

Ladbroke Holidays - We're all going on a Ladbroke Holiday Flexidisc

Thumbs Up, Book Early - Pontins flexidisc

Ive collected a few of these old postcard flexidisc records over the years, mostly the audio on them bears no relation to the image or the places shown as far as I can tell.  An exception is this one from York.

Radiotracks Ltd Audio Postcard - The Sights and Sounds of York

Vistasound Postcard Record - Witch Doctor

Many more flexidisc postcard records in this youtube playlist here


Panto season!

As it’s panto season I thought I’d share these Selcol flexidisc versions here.  Discogs describes Selcol as a ‘UK plastics manufacturer active during the 1950s and 1960s.’
The discs are made from what seems like a very soft, light plastic film (compared to other flexidiscs) backed with printed card.
You can see they have ‘Cut here’ printed on the sides to indicate they were originally cut from something larger, but I dont know what..  I was quite surprised how playable they are though!

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington



The Three Bears

The Three Bears



Eclipse Record – Wartime songs of 1914

I selected this to play as part of a performance at the Glynn Vivian gallery in Swansea for the ‘End of Empire‘ exhibition preview.
The record includes the famous wartime songs (mentioned in this previous post) ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag’  written by Welshmen George Asaf (aka George Henry Powell) and his brother Felix Powell, and ‘Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty’  written by Swansea born Fred Godfrey (aka Llewelyn Williams).

1930s 8 inch Eclipse gramophone record playing on a Numark PT01.

At first manufactured by the Crystalate company (later taken over by Decca) for the Woolworth store chain, Eclipse was launched as a replacement for the Victory label. It was the first to be packaged in a brown paper sleeve, and featured dynamic promotional designs. Even so, the product was still pegged at a low price, even through the ‘slump’ or depression-era years of the early 1930s, finally disappearing in 1935.
Text from http://www.tedstaunton.com

Untitled mix for the End of Empire #1

Photo by Kathryn Campbell Dodd

Despite a few technical hitches I really enjoyed playing with records at the Glynn Vivian for the End of Empire preview.  My audio recorder failed unfortunately so I decided to continue working with the selection of records in the studio and post some recordings of them as I go.  This first mix from the studio uses 3 Swansea based Welsh Teledisc records and ‘Freedom Fanfare’ by the Band of the Nigeria Police, recorded to celebrate Nigerian independence.

Time wasn’t on my side and I didn’t get to play a number of things that I’d hoped, one was this Vistasound postcard record with a view of Snowdon from Llyn Llydaw.

Vistasound Postcard Record - There'll be a welcome in the valley

On the balcony above where I was situated in the atrium is a series of landscape paintings by Sir Kyffin Williams, including views of Snowdon.  I had planned to play this on a portable record player with them, here it is playing in the studio instead..

Florrie Forde – Selections of Old Time Hits

Florrie Forde - Selections of Old Time Hits

Australian born Florrie Forde was a popular singer and music hall entertainer in the UK. ‘During World War I, her most famous songs were some of the best known of the period, including “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag”, “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary” and “Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty”.

Florrie Forde

I was interested to find that not only was the 1915 ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag’  written by Welshmen George Asaf (aka George Henry Powell) and his brother Felix Powell, but ‘Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty’ was written by Swansea born Fred Godfrey (aka Llewelyn Williams).

Florrie Forde - Selections of Old Time Hits

The Decca Junior “Trench” gramophone

Eos yng Nghapel y Graig - A Nightingale in Capel y Graig

The Decca Junior gramophone.
8″ high, 10.75″ deep, 9.5″ wide.

This type of gramophone employs “Bowl-in-lid” amplification by which sound is reflected forward from the lid.  Sometimes this design is apparently called a “Trench” gramophone because in World War One British Troops were supplied with gramophones based on this design for use in the Trenches.

The Decca Junior along with the Crescendo Junior Soundbox was introduced in 1923. The motor is Swiss made. Decca never made their own Motors or Soundboxes, the Crescendo Soundbox was also made in Switzerland.

This 8inch Eclipse record dates from the 1930s

Eclipse - Wartime songs of 1914