Just for the Record: Eldridge Reeves Johnson

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Just for the Record: Eldridge Reeves Johnson

The Camden County Historical Society will host the program “Just for the Record: Eldridge Reeves Johnson” on Sunday, May 20th at 2 PM. During this multimedia one man show, performer Christopher Andrew Maier will channel Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of Victor Talking Machine Company (later RCA). The event is free and open to the public.

Eldridge Reeves Johnson began developing improvements to the gramophone while working at his machine shop in Camden in the 1890s. Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated in 1901, becoming the leading American record company and phonograph manufacturer. Johnson’s impact on Camden and the music industry around the world was immeasurable. The company was acquired by Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in a series of negotiations between 1927 and 1929, and continued to contribute to technological advances throughout the 20th century.

The multimedia show will open with Maier’s music video “Nipper’s Yap Rap,” followed by a survey of Johnson’s life, described in slides, blueprints, and an original workshop location study. His 1908 Victor Talking Machine will play 78’s recorded here in Camden and NYC. Visitors will have the opportunity to compare a Victrola, a Talking Machine, and an Edison Phonograph, and to discover secrets to repairing a flat disk turntable, calibrating a regulator, and greasing the powerful 17 foot springs. Finally, guests will be invited to play Maier’s original turntable game “Nipper Knows.”

Christopher Andrew Maier is a local composer and lyricist, performing with his trio “CPR Music Invincible” (www.camdenpoprock.com). For 30 years he worked as an art teacher in public schools. His varied interests also include architecture, antiques, and musical theatre. In 2017 he received the Martin Luther King Freedom Medal for nurturing the creative community in Camden.

The Camden County Historical Society is located at 1900 Park Boulevard, Camden NJ 08103. The site includes the Hineline Research Library, Historic Pomona Hall, Cultural Heritage Center & Gallery, African American History Room, and Camden County Museum, and is regularly open Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Sunday 12-3pm, with a $5 admission fee for nonmembers. For more information, please call 856-964-3333, email admin@cchsnj.org, or visit the society’s website at www.cchsnj.org.

  • Camden County Historical Society
    1900 Park Boulevard, Camden, NJ, United States
  • Sunday, May 20th, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
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    The Camden County Historical Society will host the program “Just for the Record: Eldridge Reeves Johnson” on Sunday, May 20th at 2 PM. During this multimedia one man show, performer Christopher Andrew Maier will channel Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of Victor Talking Machine Company (later RCA). The event is free and open to the public. Eldridge Reeves Johnson began developing improvements to the gramophone while working at his machine shop in Camden in the 1890s. Victor Talking Machine Company was…

    1900 Park Boulevard, Camden, NJ, United States public