Options Thomas Edison's Attic: Playlist from December 28, 2004 Options

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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Options December 28, 2004: Col. Gouraud's introduction of the Edison wax cylinder phonograph in 1888 London

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George Gouraud at the Crystal Palace, June 29, 1888

Artist Track Album Year
Mrs. Eyre  "Soft piano solo by Mrs. Eyre"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-09  1888 
Chorus of 4000 voices, August Manns - conductor  "Handel Festival at Crystal Palace"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-23  1888 
George Gouraud, August Manns  "Mr. Manns to Mr. Edison & Theo. Thomas"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-18  1888 
George Gouraud  "Letter to Mr. Edison from Col. Gouraud, August 14, Little Menlo"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-12  1888 
A.M. Broadley, unknown  "London Press congratulations to Mr. Edison, Mr. Broadley continued"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-05  1888 
unknown  "London Press congratulations to Mr. Edison"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-08  1888 
Alice Shaw  "Whistling by Mrs. Shaw, Aug. 14, Little Menlo"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-21  1888 
George Gouraud  "Cheers to Mr. Edison by London Press, Aug. 14, Little Menlo"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-24  1888 
George Gouraud  "After dinner toast at Little Menlo"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2439-11  1888 
George Gouraud  "After dinner speech - Col. Gouraud - loud"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2439-16  1888 
George Gouraud, Cecil Raikes, Edmund Yeats  "Mr. Raikes, Postmaster General to Mr. Edison"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2439-08  1888 
George Gouraud, Arthur Sullivan, A.M. Broadley  "After dinner toast at Little Menlo"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2439-07  1888 
George Gouraud, A.M. Broadley, J.C. Parkinson  "Mr. Broadley and Mr. Parkinson to Mr. Edison"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2439-18  1888 
George Gouraud  "After dinner toast at Little Menlo"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2439-14  1888 
George Gouraud  "After dinner toast at Little Menlo"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2439-13  1888 
unknown  "Piano solo"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-11  1888 
Mrs. Eyre  "Piano solo by Mrs. Eyre"   Options Yellow paraffine cylinder E-2440-15  1888 


"For myself, I can only say that I am astonished and somewhat
terrified at the results of this evening's experiment -- astonished at
the wonderful power you have developed, and terrified at the
thought that so much hideous and bad music may be put on record
forever." -Arthur Sullivan, October 5, 1888.

George Gouraud (left) and reporter with phonograph



"Yellow paraffine" cylinders


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