This is a sub-page from the “Morse Code Teaching 78 rpm Records” page. Virtually all Morse training records would have come with an explanatory or booklet. We only have a few of them, and those appear here. The sets were numbered 1 to 11, and the booklet (if we have it) will be found under that heading. The exception is Set #1 – the 1907 Mercury Telegraph records. We do not have a book, but a few extra fascinating images by courtesy of Mike Csontos.
The Victor Booklet.
The booklet is quite small, being 3.25” (8.25cm) wide and 5.5” (14cm) tall. The two corners are rounded, about .25” radius.
Someone has drawn in pencil what looks like a hook, or gaff on the back cover.
The Edison Bell ‘Winner’ booklet.
This has 8 pages. 5” (12.7cm) wide, 7.5” (19cm) tall. It is printed in dark blue ink on slightly-glazed paper. It’s chief idiosyncrasy is that the Morse symbols are printed vertically.
The back carries an interesting advert. for an Edison Bell combination radio and gramophone. Either headphones could be used in the normal way, or the output carried to a headphone-like transducer that fitted the tone arm of the gramophone, thereby employing the acoustic system of the gramophone as a speaker horn. In any event, it must surely be one of the first ‘radiograms’ ever? (Such transducers for mechanical gramophones were also made by other firms, such as Amplion.)
The first Columbia Booklet.
It has has 8 pages, octavo size: that is, 5” (12.7cm) wide, 8” (20.3cm) tall. It is printed in brown ink on glazed paper. The Morse symbols are given as usual, except that the dashes are vertical. The eye takes them in better that way, as we are informed on page 1. This method also saves a great deal of space, as there’s really quite a lot of text contained on these sides. Note at the bottom of the back page, what is presumably a printer’s reference number, which contains ‘7/36’, which surely must mean printed, or at least ordered, in July 1936. We have two copies of this leaflet, both with this date. 13 years is quite a respectable minimum life-span for this set!
The Linguaphone Booklet.
This book has 40-odd pages, too many to list; so here are two of the most interesting.
The numbers were quite different in American code, too. (Above, letter P has pre-empted the number 5)
The second Columbia Booklet.
This has just 6 pages & so is just one sheet, folded twice. As credited elsewhere, we are grateful to the late Pat Hawker, MBE, G3VA, for supplying us with this photocopy.
Two Oriole Discs – date uncertain.
Page written 28th October 2017.