My daughter Kay’s blog about the 1950s era alarm clock my parents used, which matched their blond bedroom set, reminded my brother of the blond TV. Our mother was always a modern woman who adapted to and loved the newest appliances and conveniences. Though I had forgotten the specifics of the TV, other than the fact it was blond, Mickey remembered it also had a radio and phonograph player hidden within its cabinet with doors. It was a Hoffman and I found a 1950s era Hoffman television ad that, if not identical, would have been similar to what Mickey was describing (the ad was larger but I just selected the pertinent one).There were doors to close when not in use, radio and television controls on the right and the phonograph, which played 78’s, 45’s and 33 1/3’s was in the bottom left drawer.
Mickey talked about listening to the Snow White album as narrated by Dennis Day, which came out around 1950. I do still have the record (picture below), though the front of the album cover is gone (cover photo from Internet below) as well as the 24-page color booklet.
I, too, loved that album and listened to it for perhaps 15-20 years or more – the records are almost slick. I particularly enjoyed “I’m Wishing [Snow White’s duet/echo from the wishing well] and One Song,” “Someday My Prince Will Come,” “Whistle While You Work,” and “Heigh Ho, It’s Off to Work We Go.” I have to say, some of the Disney songs shaped my positive outlook on life and my work ethic, including these from Snow White, but also tunes like “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Song of the South.
As I entered my teen years, I used that phonograph to play rock ‘n roll songs as well as continuing to play Mother’s opera, operetta and pop recordings of the 1930s and 1940s – a couple of favorites being “Donkey Serenade” and “Pistol Packin’ Mama”. Mother coped with most of the music of my teenage years, with the exception of my Jackie Wilson songs – as a musician, she hated the repetition of phrases that were a part of his style. I do still have all Mother’s records that survived [she said one of my cousins laid out a number of her records and walked on them to break them, as well as breaking several of her figurines]. At some point I disposed of all my 50’s era 45’s – so much for maintaining what would have been a valuable collection!
Update December 2014: The record is now in Kay’s possession