IF I EVER GET AROUND to writing a book about the how’s, why’s, and wherefore’s of collecting records, I will include a chapter on “On How Not To Handle Your Records.” However the book is laid out, I would hope to use a photo like the one below for this chapter.
I assume everybody reading this blog knows not to handle their records in a manner that places the oil and dirt on their fingertips on the grooves of the record. So, here is an outline for the aforementioned chapter:
1. Never touch the grooves of a record with anything.
2. Only touch the edge of the record or the label area.
The former includes fingers, nose, and other extremities; the latter includes the trail-off vinyl in the label area. It’s probably a good idea not to allow your friends to play or play with your records . . .
FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page is of Uta Reichenvater and a friend playing with their records rather than playing their albums. While there are more than a dozen photos of the leggily tall Fraulein Reichenvater on the internet, I could not find any biographical information other than she was a “German model” and the photos were taken by Heinz Browers sometime in the late 1960s.
I placed those two words in quotation marks because if she was an established model, there should be some biographical information somewhere. It’s more likely that she was an attractive young woman who thought she was a model or with whom Herr Browers apparently agreed.