I’m very impressed with forum members childhood [and teenage ] photos of their early beginnings of enjoying musical reproduction components. Unfortunately, no photos exist of my first audio kit: a typical 1950s suitcase record player, i think it was a PYE (like the one in picture below) which was given to me by my mother on one very eventful day [ see story below ]
I really wish i had the hindsight of vision for taken photos of my record player [and records] for future reference which obviously now - holds such fascination in later life… and although cameras were around in the 60s, even in my austere household, the developing and printing was an expensive palaver in those black and white days, so the practice was usually avoided by my parents.
One fine day, when i was about 7, at home & bored during the school summer holiday period, mad uncle Royston called to visit my poorly mum [ later to be diagnosed with MS ].
My uncle was on goodwill mission to gift my ‘housebound’ mum with a couple of boxes of LPs [ Shellac 78s mainly but some 33s too ]. It was a wonderful act of kindness from my mum’s estranged ‘brother in law’; a man who was a bit of a teddy-boy in his day + rough diamond at the best of times [ in my tender eyes my uncle was a really cool guy - but i was the only one who thought so ] …my mother was slightly overwhelmed, but very impressed, and very thankful to his kindness of thought.
However, after uncle had gone, unbeknown to him, my mother was totally uninterested in the music and the records, but due to her reduced capacity for mothering, she asked me to remove the LPs from the lounge and put them in my bedroom to play and keep me entertained - and out of her way because she often didn’t feel very well.
Lot of fantastic music in those boxes, classical mainly but some rock & roll too, loved 'em!
I’d like to say i treated those records with respect, and cared for them for years!
But let’s not be silly, i was a seven year old!