Golden Age of Children’s Records

Fifty-two children’s records from the 1940s and 1950s are being converted from 78 and 45 records to MP3 format and published online. One recording a week goes up, courtesy of Kiddie Records Weekly.

This is the site’s stated goal:

"We see this wonderful part of our past slowly dying out and are concerned that one day these recordings will be completely forgotten.  Our mission is to bring them back to life by sharing them with a new generation of online listeners."

The idea is interesting, but I’m skeptical that most of these records hold much value for kids today… because of the static, the squeaky voices, and the general mode of story telling that is (I presume) much different from today. Or am I totally wrong? Anyone with a 4 or 5-year-old child care to weigh in?

Kiddie Records Weekly []


3 Responses to “Golden Age of Children’s Records”

  1. Phil says:

    I’ve downloaded a dozen or so of these and burned them to a disc for car trips. The kids liked them, but I don’t think they care to hear them again.

    Now, Jerry Seinfeld’s “Halloween” CD… That one my son wants to hear ALL THE TIME.

    October 7th, 2005 at 3:42 am

  2. Roy says:

    I found this site by accident, and I heard stories that I forgot from my youth. My favorite, is the Selfish Giant.I am now sharing them with my daughter.I am so glad that someone took the time to save them. Please thank everybody involved for there effort.

    June 28th, 2007 at 10:03 am

  3. Rachel Momof3 says:

    My 3 kids love listening to these old stories! I have about 30 of them on my ipod and they beg for them every time we get in the car! Great recommendation!!! Thnak you!

    August 29th, 2008 at 7:00 am