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My interest in collecting records began with Heckle and Jeckle, the talking magpies.  I loved both their 40s and 50s cartoons as well as the Terrytoons TV show.  As with any kids' cartoon show, there were products.

On a small turntable the size of today's typical laptop, I played my first record--music from the Heckle and Jeckle show.  The phonograph record came with a pic sleeve (it was an EP rather than a 45). In the center of the record, there were the images of Heckle and Jeckle chasing something (or each other).  

The attraction of this record was that it came with a 4-sided mirror contraption that you put in the spindle after you'd set the record in place.  And so, when the record played, the cartoon magpies chased each others' reflections in the mirror. There was music--and there was motion.

At the age of 4, living in a small town in Texas, this was my most prized possession. In fact, the mirrored images somewhat replaced the televised images for awhile.  

But this was enough.  I was not yet a vinyl addict. I was content with this one thing.