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Johnson Victrola Museum celebrates 50th anniversary

Written on: December 20th, 2017 in Museums News

On Dec. 14, 2017, members of the Johnson family, museum employees and friends gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Johnson Victrola Museum which highlights the life and achievements of Dover’s native son, Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of The Victor Talking Machine Company. Located at 375 S. New St. in Dover, Del., the museum showcases a wide variety of talking machines, trademarks, recordings, objects, paintings and advertisements to tell the story of Johnson’s life, his company and the development of the sound-recording industry. Constructed by the State of Delaware with an endowment provided by the Johnson family, it opened to the public on Dec. 14, 1967.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Johnson Victrola Museum. From left: Museum staff members Nena Todd, Chris Hall, Susan Emory, Jackie Collins and Steven Mumford; and Johnson family members Fletcher Johnson and Anne Fenimore.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Johnson Victrola Museum. From left: Museum staff members Nena Todd, Chris Hall, Susan Emory, Jackie Collins and Steven Mumford; and Johnson family members Fletcher Johnson and Anne Fenimore.

Helping to cut the celebratory cake for the event were Fletcher Johnson, a fifth generation descendent of E.R. Johnson, and Anne Fenimore, who is related to E.R. Johnson’s wife Elsie Reeves Fenimore Johnson.

Johnson family members Fletcher Johnson (left) and Anne Fenimore attending the 50th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Johnson Victrola Museum. Over Ms. Johnson’s right shoulder is a portrait of E.R. Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company.

Johnson family members Fletcher Johnson (left) and Anne Fenimore attending the 50th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Johnson Victrola Museum. Over Ms. Johnson’s right shoulder is a portrait of E.R. Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company.

Displays at the Johnson Victrola Museum

Displays at the Johnson Victrola Museum

 


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