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The Forder family of Salisbury Wilts Uk making contact by 80rpm inside to out playing letter records 22 Sep 2017 11:49 #1

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I have no idea if this is the right place to ask, but... My Grandfather , William Forder, left several 80 RPM shellac 'letter' discs sent to the Forder family in Salisbury Wiltshire after the second World War by the family of a US Airman stationed nearby. The Airman got to know the family well enough for them to correspond via audio - actual records - recorded in a specialist shop - one family to another.

After the recent death of my father, the husband of Joy Forder, we are wondering if the other end of the conversation still exists. My Mother is now in her late 80s and has short term memory loss, but, she remembers signing a song on one record. I'd love her to hear it - and the rest of her family one last time.

So, if any of the readers of this forum know anything about 80 RPM records being sent to and from Salisbury Wiltshire - Brook House Queen Alexandra Road in the late 1940s - please could you make contact with me ?

I am Simon Anthony

Many thanks.

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The Forder family of Salisbury Wilts Uk making contact by 80rpm inside to out playing letter records 22 Sep 2017 15:50 #2

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If they can be played on an ordinary record player you can record them at 45 rpm or 78 rpm and adjust the speed on a computer. I use Audacity to record and it has a speed adjustment feature plus it is free.

However if it was designed for needles I'm nor sure how modern pickups will fare.

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The Forder family of Salisbury Wilts Uk making contact by 80rpm inside to out playing letter records 22 Sep 2017 18:30 #3

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I think you are going to be very lucky to find the other records, you could ask IWM, RAF Museum, Sound Archive if they know of any collection and obviously search eBay (including past sales).

Do you have the name and details of the US airman? You can try veterans', family history etc connections to get some searches done.

Sorry if these are all obvious, I suspect you have already tried all the options.

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The Forder family of Salisbury Wilts Uk making contact by 80rpm inside to out playing letter records 22 Sep 2017 20:13 #4

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Thanks for the quick reply. I have not heard the recorded in many years, nor can I get at them ! I am in Sydney Australia, they are in Brentford.
I can't remember what I heard and my Mother can't remember anything much at all - just that it was the 5th Army so that is all I have to go on at the moment.

Playing them at 78rpm was OK, which I did long before home computers existed. Audacity is a great program - I use it a lot !

Thanks.

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The Forder family of Salisbury Wilts Uk making contact by 80rpm inside to out playing letter records 22 Sep 2017 20:21 #5

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This is the start of my attempt to find the other discs so all suggestions are welcome !
I only have the details I have provided and I can't even listen to the discs for anything further - being 10,000 miles away from them.
I sort of hoped that the really odd nature of the discs themselves may ring a bell. The fact that you have to put the pickup at the centre of the disc and it spirals out to the edge really stands out in my memory. I only know it is 80rpm because it said so on the label - which I can't see from here either.

My Father's death was unexpected so this is a 'grasping at straws' attempt. I have not heard of the IWM, RAF Museum, Sound Archive . I shall try there next.

Thanks you the quick replay and the suggestion.

Regards, Simon Anthony

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The Forder family of Salisbury Wilts Uk making contact by 80rpm inside to out playing letter records 22 Sep 2017 21:43 #6

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If they are a different standard to normal records then I would investigate whether you can find a sound archive in Australia that can play it. The Australian equivalent of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) perhaps best place to start.

There is a Sound Archive in Australia, you could try them - they and / or Australian War Museum might be able to help - they might appreciate the originals being deposited with them as might the UK museums!

www.nfsa.gov.au/
www.awm.gov.au/

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The Forder family of Salisbury Wilts Uk making contact by 80rpm inside to out playing letter records 22 Sep 2017 21:53 #7

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The records themselves are in the UK. I have just contacted the IWM in the UK to offer them there. Thanks.

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The Forder family of Salisbury Wilts Uk making contact by 80rpm inside to out playing letter records 22 Sep 2017 22:08 #8

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I have been impressed with the Australian war archives and the Australian sound archive.

They seem to make a real effort to make the material available on line

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The Forder family of Salisbury Wilts Uk making contact by 80rpm inside to out playing letter records 23 Sep 2017 08:06 #9

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Thinking back, I'm surprised they were recorded at 80rpm as the spoken word records were recorded a 16rpm. Although I suspect that was to get more on a single record. Lucky it wasn't 16rpm though as they were not that common on record players by the sixties.

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