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Music for Your Halloween Party

Music for Your Halloween Party

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Jordan Piano Co. window, Halloween display." So you say you're having a Halloween party without a Victrola? Let us help before it's too late. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Insert Batman TV theme here...

Because it looks like an old school Batman and Joker are battling it out over candy.

Dans Macabre

Might they be dancing?

The Monster Mash

Now on scratchy 78 rpm shellac!

Crime in progress?

Happy Halloween, trick-or-treaters--let us show you how to strangle your pals! What an odd choice for the mannequin display! Doesn't it seem that they are choking each other?

Old Skool

For a really bangin party, ya need two Victrolas and a microphone.

No Treat

Wow, what a lousy display. It must have taken them all of 15 minutes to throw (literally) it together.

Who DOESN'T have a victrola?

The difficult part is finding my favorite rap tunes on 78's.

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