Now that's what I call nostalgia!
25,000 78RPM records have been digitised and are available for free download. Here is the link

and scroll down to Listen to the George Blood digitized collection

I just listened to Jeepers Creepers to make sure the quality was as good as it should be and was not dissapointed. Sure, there is surface noise but the transfer was sensitively done and it was an enjoyable listen.

Check out your grannies favourite tunes, there is a lot to listen to!

For the inveterate tweekers amongst us, the records were played with a turntable fitted with 4 arms holding a variety of calibres of needle. There was no set standard apparently so the groove width varied from one company to another, even the speed varied but the transfers were all done at 78RPM.

That is impressive. So many 78s were just thrown away by friends' families. We did not have a record player so were not guilty.
Then you ask why I don't live here, Honey, how come you have to ask me that?
I remember finding 100s of 78s lying around in a house my grandparents bought that no one claimed nor wanted.  I was about 7 or 8 at the time and my friend and I smashed them all up and chucked the debris away.   Confused Confused
My Uncle was a collector of books and records. Readers Digest's best customer probably. His record collection went back to when he was at school and in the forces in India in WW2. There was a record pressing plant in Dum Dum which is a suburb of Calcutta (gave its name to a fearsome bullet too).
He asked me to transfer his collection to cassette for convenience and I built a passive tone control to try to control the surface noise. It wasn't very successful but I think it might have given me a few extra points in the interviews I had trying to get into the BBC as a sound operator the following year.
Hearing some of these tracks takes me back to those days. I don't know what happened to his collection but 45 years later I get to hear those tunes again.
With apologies for hogging this thread, I just found the record I remember most from my Uncle's collection. His copy was an Indian pressing from Dum Dum. It is George Gershwin playing piano on Rhapsody in Blue with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra. It was published in 1927 and the strange mix afforded by the acoustic recording process with soloists walking close to the "mic" and Gershwins plinky plonky playing style complete with a cymbol crash at 4:28 which I think is not in the original scoring but marks the end of side one, brings back strong memories and is worth 8 or so minutes of anyones time.
Do have a listen on this link:-