The audio curator at Edison National Historic Site rummages through the archives of the legendary Edison Laboratory of West Orange, New Jersey. Tune in for Edison cylinder and disc record rarities, many not heard since "the old man" himself stashed them away, featuring: Tin Pan Alley pop songs, ragtime, vaudeville comedy sketches, flapper dance bands, old-time country tunes, historic classical music, laboratory experiments and other artifacts - all dating from 1888 through 1929.
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June 29, 2004: Tim Brooks, author of "Lost sounds: Blacks and the birth of the recording industry, 1890 - 1919"
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|George W. Johnson||The laughing song||Columbia cylinder 7601||1902|
|Jack Johnson||Runnin' down the title holder||Ajax 17024||1924|
|The Unique Quartet||Mama's black baby boy||Edison cylinder 694||1893|
|Bert Williams & George Walker||My little Zulu babe - from "Sons of Ham"||Victor 1086||1901|
|Fisk University Jubilee Quartet||Little David play on yo' harp||Victor 16448||1909|
|Lieut. Jim Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry Hell Fighters Band||Darktown strutters ball||Pathe 22081||1919|
|Ciro's Coon Club Orchestra, Dan Kildare - director||On the shore at Le-Lei-Wei||Columbia 624||1916|
|Dinwiddie Colored Quartet||Down on the old campground||Victor 1714||1902|
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