Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Retro Zabe

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

A new coffee shop has opened in town with an ambience to appeal to the young and those that enjoy a trip of nostalgia down memory lane. I hankered after a princess when I was a school kid. All my friends had them – the original transportable.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

We had one of these at home and my parents could see no need for music in the house that didn’t come from either this or the old bakelite radio in the kitchen which, if we were lucky we could tune to pick up other countries in the world, firing our imaginations.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Ours was also a “His Masters Voice” – I don’t know whether there were any other brands around.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

This made me reflect on the revisioning of these old musical items which once blasted out songs like “How much is that doggy in the window?” and in our family lots of classical music and operettas. And here are these machines, broken and yet in their broken state give me the pleasure of hearing the songs of the past echoing around in my head.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The cafe is small, cosy and intimate which is lucky because if you had to look for fifty different record labels to check whose coffee you had ……

In response to Cee’s Odd Ball Photo

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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47 Responses to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Retro Zabe

  1. A trip down memory lane. When I was growing up we had a big Art Deco style radiogram. I still remember sitting in front of it in the sun listening to the Sunday stories for children.

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  2. lorilschafer says:

    This is great, Irene! Amazing how these old-timey objects bring you right back into a bygone era 🙂

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  3. Frankk’s Music store in Alameda had a small room where you could take a record or two to listen and see if you wanted to buy it. You needed to be fast on your feet to get in there before anyone else. The store was converted to an upscale ice cream shop some years ago. I guess there is more demand for ice cream today. I miss the teenage rapture of losing oneself in a popular love song by Benny Goodman or Pete Fountain (to whom I’m listening as I write.). Do you suppose they do it today to Rap?

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    • Frank’s music store sounded great. Saving up to buy the single. Yes I think they do enjoy music as much today. My brother sent me links to the music my nephews are getting carried away with and it certainly didn’t have the effect of the Natalie Cole “Unforgettable” I listened to last night in the car.

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  4. On our honeymoon combined with traveling to Australia, Helvi and I had a battery driven turn table on which we would listen to a few records we had taken with us from Finland. We travelled first class on a large boat as a result of a fire on board a previously booked voyage. For the inconvenience we were given a first class ticket, so five weeks on board with vino and dancing with the captain (Helvi not me).
    From memory we listened to Finnish folk music which we loved. A great memory.

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  5. Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio says:

    How cool is that? Opens the floodgates of memories forgotten by way of music.

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  6. noelleg44 says:

    So interesting! Old typewriters (manual) and record players are coming back in vogue. I have one that plays 78s and a stack of old records!

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  7. bkpyett says:

    My father built our record player, and he proudly displayed the large speakers, that sat high up above, on inbuilt furniture. Such memories are easily aroused, with my dancing around the lounge to ballet music. I’m glad people are returning to the old records, as they do hold a charm a CD never had for me.

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    • Thanks for sharing such wonderful memories. Your Dad must have been very electronically minded to build one. I don’t think a CD gives you the musical clarity that a record did but most ears can’t pick it (including mine) so go for ease. There was nothing, though, that could beat saving for a single or if even better an LP and getting it home and playing it on the record player. I’ve never had that feeling with a CD and soon CDs are going to be relics of the past.

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  8. Cee Neuner says:

    Great odd balls for this week’s challenge. I’m off to see the wizard now. 🙂

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  9. Glynis Jolly says:

    I didn’t have a lot of albums when I was a teenager, but I sure did want more. My parents had a AM radio that had a turntable too. It sat in the basement gathering dust. Every once in a while, I’d take my albums down there and use it, more to see if it still worked, which it did.

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  10. I want to have a coffee at that cafe. Awesome.

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  11. Sherri says:

    I never had my own turntable but we had one at home and I remember my brother and I managing to tape music from LPs onto cassette tapes. Not sure how we did it though 🙂 Ahh…great memories you share here Irene 🙂

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  12. What a great idea for a coffeeshop! I feel a bit old, as I remember records very well. 🙂 Our younger daughter is interested in records and there are still shops that sell them. And I remember cassette tapes as well!

    janet

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  13. Glynis Jolly says:

    (Had to start another thread to answer you, Irene.) No, I don’t play anymore. I had a stroke the summer before I was suppose to go to college. Two hands are needed for the flute (well, all instruments) and only one works now. I do miss it terribly.

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  15. Cee Neuner says:

    Congratulations! I have selected this post to be featured on Cee’s Odd Ball Photo challenge.
    http://ceenphotography.com/2015/02/08/cees-odd-ball-photo-challenge-2015-week-6/
    I hope you have a terrific week.

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  16. Debbie Smyth says:

    What a fun place. I’d like to visit. 🙂

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  18. blkkat49 says:

    These photos do take me back and reminds me of the music that filled my childhood.

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