A quick plug for a special event!
Introduced in the 1930s, the the automatic record booth allowed anyone at the end of a pier, at a railway station or in a department store to step up to the mic and record.
Thousands of one-of-a-kind discs were produced and many still survive today, from joyous birthday greetings and spoken love letters, to wannabe Bob Dylan's strumming behind the booth's sliding-door.
Oral historian Alan Dein plays examples of unique audio that he’s discovered in the nation’s archives and from his personal collection.
Please come along!
Part of a ‘Season of Sound’, celebrating the British Library’s sound archive