Queens garbage company scores another record find in Glendale garbage pick up job
I know it’s hard to believe, but yes, this Queens garbage company scored another record find! (See my first record find in this March 2011 post).
About two weeks ago, I was on a garbage pick up job in Glendale, Queens, and scored this Reader’s Digest Association record collection from 1968. In absolute perfect condition, this boxed set contains 10 records, accompanied by an informational booklet about all of the songs and music on the records. Here is an excerpt from the introduction of the booklet, written by John S. Wilson, who was, at the time, a record reviewer for the New York Times:
Nothing is as elusive as sound. It exists once, makes its brief impact and is gone. Until recently, it was gone forever.
But not anymore…because we are among the first people in the world’s history whose memories have acquired an added dimension–the exciting dimension of sound.
Books, paintings, and photographs tell us about the distant past and refresh our memories of the recent past. Now the phonograph recording gives us the ability to preserve the unique sounds of the past.
The photos on the cover are from 1949 and feature some of my favorite artists, like Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” is probably one of my favorite songs of all time. He was born in 1901 in New Orleans, La., and died at age 69 in 1971 in Corona, Queens. That means this set of records was produced just a few years before his death.
It’s getting harder and harder to find vinyl records like these because they stopped being produced about 20 years ago, in 1991. But somehow, my Queens garbage company doesn’t seem to have a problem obtaining such rare antiques, whether I find them on a garbage pick up job in Glendale or an interior demolition job in Jackson Heights. And although the idea of new vinyl might be long gone, these songs will never die, ’cause now they’re in my collection.