Packard-Bell Phonocord 5" Demonstration Disc
Picture Record with "The Phonocord Girl"
With Home Recording Dated Dec 5, 1941
2 Days Before Attack On Pearl Harbor
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Here is a rather unique bit of American history. To begin with, it is a rare Packard-Bell 5" blank demonstration disc that came with a Packard-Bell Phonocord record recording device that allowed you to make your own 78 rpm recordings. Not too many of these exist today. As you can see, they are quite fragile. I don't know how many of these would have come with the recording device and how many actually survived.
Next, it is a rare picture record showing the Packard-Bell "Phonocord Girl" using the recording device. I've seen a later version of this demo disc with different font and a different picture, but as far as I can tell, this is the only one with "The Phonocord Girl". I would be interested to know if more are extant.
Last, it has a home recording from Toledo, Oregon dated Dec 5, 1941, just 2 days before the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into World War II. An interesting peak into the light hearted spirit of folks just before the attack that changed so much. Includes some personal conversation between a man and woman with the man singing on one side, and the other side has a little bit of a radio broadcast mentioning Amos and Andy and Lanny Ross.
The disc is pretty beat up, as shown in the pictures. Both sides play. Some of the play surface is missing, exposing the cardboard core beneath, but there are still some playable grooves left. You can see and hear the record playing below from YouTube.
I recently purchased an old record recording machine that had been in storage since 1960. This piece was in the cabinet. I think it's a safe to say that you WILL NOT see another one.