Winifred Atwell who died in Australia in 1983 aged 69.

Do you remember your training days ?





 Do you remember learning to type to the piano music of Winifred Atwell ? If you do, then just below you will find a link to her music from 1950 which is called Britannia Rag. In a moment I am going to invite you to click on the MP3 link but before I do, please remember that when you return to this page from your Windows Media Player [or whatever media player your use] to click on your REFRESH button to get the cogs in synch again.  You can always re-click on the MP3 file to listen to the music of yesteryear again. 


I couldn't afford Winnies fees beyond what you have heard, so you've just got me typing now!  If it gets through to you, and it will, just turn the volume down or the speakers off.


The other day, I came across a black hardback [cardboard] folder measuring 13½ inches x 12½ inches, and inside were gramophone record folders [sleeves I suppose] each one with the centre circle cut out to allow access to the name of the record. The label on the front cover read.


Inside, in some of the sleeves, were broken bits of Bakelite records, some which had formerly measured 12 inches in diameter and another types which measured 10 inches in diameter. Regrettably, none had survived and the sounds on them have been lost for ever. They were a mixture of old learn to type records of commercial derivation [the larger records], and military records from which Radio Telephone procedures were taught [the smaller records] both types running at 78 rpm. Even the centres of the records had been destroyed or damaged, but as you will see, I was able to resurrect something from the debris. All the centres of the learn to type records were the same [three of them], and not one said what the record contained, music, sounds or the spoken voice. Again, there were three military records covering several subjects of R/T training on their six recorded sides: the military records were -

1st - side A Call. Text. Ending. Precedence. Receipt and Testing Communications
1st - side B Address. Transmission. Instructions. Text. Break and Corrections
2nd - side A Read Back. Say Again. Wilco and Acknowledge
2nd - side B Words Twice. I Spell and  Abbreviated Method
3rd - side A Abbreviated Method [continued] and Executive Method
3rd - side B King, Wait and Silence

There were two more records [badly damaged] marked A M [for Air Ministry] "Speech for R/T" Part 3 and underneath "Admiralty" For Official Use Only, and one of them is shown next.


The military records in particular, if they had been complete, would have been wonderful artefact from WW2.   No doubt that copies are preserved for posterity somewhere in an archive.

Meantime, does anybody want a bag full of nostalgic bits ?