As acclimated we are with digital communication and leaving messages for one another within an instant, sometimes it’s difficult to believe how far we’ve come in that regard, especially from letters on records.
Just imagine it: instead of having to read handwritten letters from friends or loved ones, in the 1930’s to the 1950’s you could actually hear their voices speaking once you played the small vinyl disc in your phonograph.
Now, compared to today’s traditional method of leaving voicemails on cell phones, letters on records can be considered ancient. However, back in the day, they were the latest and biggest trend.
And, of course, if you were the speaker sending the message to your recipient, as long as you fit it all in one minute, you could say whatever you wanted! You could:
- Tell the recipient how you are/were
- Sing them their favorite song
- Express your plans for the future while at a distance from them
- And much, much more!
Some even gave messages to loved ones back home while they served overseas. Watch the video below to listen to a message recorded almost 80 years ago from Coporal Gene Daly.
For further reading/research, check out the links below!
Ever wondered what came before voicemail? Join us as we discuss the history and uses of vinyl audio love letters!
“Vinyl Voice Mail: Mailed Messages on Phonograph Records”: https://www.griffinentertainment.net/integrated-media/133/ #vinylrecords
Ever wondered what came before voicemail? Join us as we discuss the history and uses of vinyl audio love letters! Link to the story in our bio! #vinylrecords #vinyl #audioloveletters