The Airforce and War Museum on Texel is a place that makes a good impression on the visitor as soon as they walk in the door.
Himself had the same feeling as I did on this, he knew instantly that he was going to enjoy himself here too.
One of the first rooms close to the entrance contains a lot of radios, gramophones and record players.
The sign on one of the radios says “Dit is de eerste T.V die op Texel geplaatste is door de f.a. Jan Achter in 1953” which translates as ” This is the first T.V. to be installed on Texel in 1953 via the firm Jan Achter “.
Radio’s were confiscated by the occupying German forces during World War Two, of course some were hidden by the local population in order to aid the resistance, a perilous action since punishments could range up to the death penalty if the hidden sets were discovered. The gramophones and record players in the room are all vintage models, many from earlier in the twentieth century. It’s a curious insight into not only the technology of the day but also into what was once the height of “modern entertainment” and how far technology has progressed in such a short time. Himself still has a substantial record collection, and of course a record player on which to play his records, I have to admit that the gramophones are my favourites, I love their old style charm.