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“Magic of Gramophone,” rare collection on display

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TIRANA, Jan 23 /ATA/ – By A. Alla/ Over 18 thousand gramophone records, 20 mechanic and electric gramophones, 2 phonographs and a set of periodic magazines are on display for the first time.

Put on display at “The Magic of Gramophone” exhibition, this collection of gramophones has attracted the attention of numerous visitors who packed the hall of National Historic Museum.
The above collection was donated in 1986 to the Central State Archives by British art collector Martin Moir, becoming a stepping stone towards establishment of the phonotheque as an extended sector of this institution.

This exhibition, which comes as a collaboration of Albanian Central Archives with the National History Museum sheds light on an unknown side of Albanian history, the musical legacy that has been kept in storage for 30 years.

The donation made in 1986 also included a number of magazine series such as “The Monthly Letter”, “The Strand”, “Gramophone” or publications about the history of gramophone and music with some of them exhibited close to the collection of gramophones.

Sokol Çunga, an archivist at the Central State Archives in an interview with ATA, said: “All of these materials are a gift from the collector and seller of antiquities, Martin Moir in 1986. He was hopeful that Albania would have a time capsule to store these materials for a long time. These special gramophones are put on display for the first time and range from old to newer types.

According to him, the special feature of this show is that in addition to the gramophone there is a phonograph, which is a sound recording device created long before the gramophone by Tomas Edison, the inventor of electricity on November 17, 1903.

On display are gramophones that date back to the beginning of the 20th century, after World War Two, with diaphragm and record player, devices that read electronic discs , a rarity at that time.
In attendance of the opening ceremony were director of National Historic Museum Dorian Koçi and director of Archives Directorate General Ardit Bido and deputy mayor of Tirana,, Abaz Hado.

“The agreement that we have reached with Central State Archives is not simply on paper, it consists in our cooperation through this exhibition, which will provide the visitors an interesting insight into the history of Albania,” Koci said.

Koçi added that this exhibition has been curated by the specialists of Central State Archives and National Historic Museum. It will stay on display for nearly one week in the venues of National Historic Museum.
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