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:

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.


Here’s part of the recording…

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

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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