Eldridge Reeves Johnson

Monday at the Museum

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Every week, the bloggers here at the American Treasure Tour call out another wonderful destination somewhere in the United States that is worth your time. Because that's just the kind of people we are. So today, we are going to travel south from Oaks, PA.  All the way to the First State:  Delaware.  To Dover.  The drive is a good hour from the Treasure Tour on a low-traffic day, but it's definitely worth it if you like music.  Because that's where the state-run Johnson Victrola Museum is. 

Eldridge Reeves Johnson was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1867, and stayed in the tri-state region all his life, working in industry in Philadelphia and opening his own business in Camden, New Jersey that he called the Victor Talking Machine Company. Devices that recorded sounds and voices were becoming huge right around the turn of the twentieth century. And Victor became one of the biggest producers of phonographs and records in the United States. The museum celebrates Johnson's contributions to the industry with many unique and beautiful machines.  His phonographs helped to destroy the nickelodeon industry, but we still love the museum established in his honor and recommend checking it out the next time you're in Dover!  https://history.delaware.gov/museums/jvm/jvm_main.shtml