A mystery record from the future as advertized in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine in the 1970s

February 2, 2012
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Lately I’ve been paging through dozens and dozens of magazines from the 1960s and 1970s. Several issues of Fantasy & Science Fiction from the mid-70s include a mysterious ad for a record from the future. Here’s a scan from the Fantasy & Science Fiction March 1975 issue:

The Record

Here is the complete text:

RECORDS – TAPES
On February 11, 1969, a record was found on a
New York City elevator. It purports to have
been recorded some 100 to 150 years from now.
Copies may be purchased for $3.00. Send to:
THE RECORD. Box 3011. New York. N.Y. 10008.

I’m wondering … does anybody have a copy of this record from the future? Did you send away for it? I suspect it is public domain, as it hasn’t been created yet therefore it can’t have been copyrighted yet. If you do have a copy of the record, please send me an MP3 of it’s contents along with a scan or photograph of any packaging and labeling. Also, if it turns out that I am the one who recorded it, sometime in the future, I’ll need to start working on my time machine immediately.

Update:

Here’s part of the recording…

And here are some photos of the LP and it’s packaging:
Cover
Disc
Sleeve

A transcript is available as scanned from a “1973 issue of Radical Software magazine (Vol. II Nr 3) contains a partial (inaccurate and rather poorly comprehended) transcript of a little over half of this recording, as well as a letter from Mr. Gesner declaring this recording to be a part of the public domain”: |PDF|

[Thanks Gregg!]

Posted by Jesse Willis

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