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Charles Richard JOHNSTONE  ("Johnny")1862 - 1933 PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Charles Richard JOHNSTONE  ("Johnny")1862 - 1933

christened: 5 Jul 1864, Tranmere, Cheshire, ENGLAND
aka Charles R. Johnstone, C. R. Johnstone, Charles Johnstone, C. Johnstone, Johnny Johnstone
nationality
occupation
birth .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1862, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, Merseyside, Cheshire, ENGLAND
baptism
death .. Apr/May/June 1933, Kingston, Surrey, ENGLAND
marriage married in 17 Jan 1913, Teddington, Kingston, Middlesex, Surrey, England:
Florence MAHER

b. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1878, Teddington, Kingston, Middlesex, Surrey, England
d. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1961, Middlesex S. (= South or Surrey?) , ENGLAND


PARENTS

father Jeremiah Charles JOHNSTONE

b. .... <1824/1825>, ....., Leitrim, IRELAND
d. .. April/May/June 1892, Hendon, Middlesex

mother Maria .......

b. ..........
d. .............

children
  • Maria Jane

    b. <1856>, .............
    d. ...............

  • Andrew Douglas

    b. Apr/May/June, 1857, South Shields/Tynemouth, Northumberland
    d. ...........

  • Elizabeth Mary Augusta

    b. .............
    d. ..................

  • Charles Richard

    b. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1862, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, Merseyside, Cheshire, ENGLAND
    d. .. Apr/May/June 1933, Kingston, Surrey, ENGLAND


LIFE


1861 CENSUS
Jeremiah Charles JOHNSTONE
Maria JOHNSTONE
- Maria Jane JOHNSTONE (b. <1856>......... - d. .............)
- Andrew Douglas JOHNSTONE (b. Apr/May/June, 1857, South Shields/Tynemouth, Northumberland - d. ...........)
- Elizabeth Mary Augusta JOHNSTONE



residence in 1881 (census): Prittlewell, Essex



1888-1890 recorder Colonel Gouraud in London (Andrews' Edison, p 51 + note 42)

Supervisor of Recording at Edisonia Ltd. for EDISON BELL RECORDS

CLARION RECORD


1901 ENGLAND CENSUS, n.d., Fulham, London
Charles R. Johnston (sic) electrical (striked out and replaced by app. (= apprentice?)) engineer
(37y; b. <1864>, Birkenhead, Cheshire)



see EDISON PHONOGRAPH THE BRITISH CONNECTION (F. Andrews)
p. 1, 14, 51 and Footnote 42/43 (p. 114)

1917 rec. expert of ORCHESTRELLE Co. with Packman & Quick (TTMR 72, p. 2087)

The Orchestrelle Co., Ltd. of London was a British branch of the American Orchestrelle Company, both of which introduced the Vocalion gramophones with the "Graduola" device. The Aeolian Company of New York City was an associate company and when this company introduced its vertical cut Vocalion Records in the spring of 1918, some were pressed from Packman's earlier Marathon Record masters.
The American Vocalion records were recorded at the Aeolian Company's studios at 35 West 33rd. Street, New York City, where C. R. Johnstone was one of the recording experts.

(source: TTMR No. 72, April 1987, p. 2087. Frank Andrews)
MARATHON + ORCHESTRELLE + VOCALION all vertical-cut recordings
Vocalion stopped making vertical cut ca. 1920 (in: The Talking Machine Review, p. 2087)



Charles Richard JOHNSTONE (53y) phonograph recorder
+ Florence JOHNSTONE (36y)
SS "LAPLAND"
27 Jan 1917, Liverpool
7 Feb 1917, New York
brother: A. Douglas JOHNSTONE, Charing Cross, London SW
father: A. MAHER, Cedar Rd., Teddington
last permanent residence



Charles Richard JOHNSTONE (56y) recorder
SS "CEDRIC"
4 Sept 1919, Liverpool
15 Sept 1919, New York (via Halifax)
to join wife Mrs. JOHNSTONE, 125 W 56 Street, NY, USA


1920 CENSUS (20 Jan 1920, Manhattan, New York, NY):
Charles R. JOHNSTONE (55y) Recorder Talking Machine Co.
Florence JOHNSTONE (34y)


NOTES

  • From Orchestrelle to Vocalion, Part 2: Recording Sessions in London by Frank Andrews (in: Hillandale News No. 117, November 1980 (p. 120-129))
  • From Orchestrelle to Vocalion, Part 3: The Final yearsof Aeolian Vocalion, 1922-1924 by Frank Andrews (in: Hillandale News No. 118, Feb 1981 (pp. 148-155))
  • The Coming and Demise of the Marathon Records and Machines by Frank Andrews (in: The Talking Machine Review No. 72 (April 1987), pp. 2081-2105 + p. 2070 + p. 2119)


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