Options Thomas Edison's Attic: Playlist from July 8, 2008 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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Somewhere in the mountains of Idaho, c. 1917

Artist Track Album Year
Fiddlin' Powers and family  Sourwood Mountains   Options Diamond Disc 10613-A-1-10  1925 
Issler's Orchestra  Dancing on the house top   Options Brown wax cylinder [unknown company]  c. mid-1890s 
California Ramblers  Painting the clouds with sunshine - fox trot   Options Diamond Disc 19271-B-1-3  1929 
Waldo Mayo and his ensemble, Frohne Sisters - vocals  My dream memory   Options Needle Type disc N-1058-C-2-1  1929 
Edison Concert Band  The triumph of old glory   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 9650 (4 .)  1907 
Josie Sadler  Come and hear the orchestra   Options Amberol cylinder 4M-184 (A- .5)  1909 
Original Memphis Five, Phil Napoleon  A bunch of blues - drag fox trot   Options Diamond Disc 9174-A-3-1  1923 
Billy Murray  I'm afraid to come home in the dark   Options Gold Moulded cylinder 9780 (5 .)  1908 
New York Military Band  I'm afraid to come home in the dark - humoresque   Options Amberol cylinder 4M-60 (.33)  1908 
Vasa Prihoda - violin, Asta Doubravska - piano  Humoreska, op. 7, no. 2   Options Diamond Disc 7802-A-8-1  1921 
Mid-Pacific Hawaiians, William Kalama  Kaena   Options Diamond Disc 18767-B-1-2  1928 
Olga Steeb - piano  Scherzo in E minor   Options Diamond Disc 8394-B-3-2  1922 
M.J. O'Connell  Hot dogs fancy ball   Options Diamond Disc 5328-C-1-1  1917 
Charles Magnante - accordion  Bridal rose overture   Options Diamond Disc 18214-C-2-3  1928 
Eddie Worth and his County Fair Orchestra  Ev'rybody loves my girl - fox trot   Options Diamond Disc 11992-C-1-1  1928 

Record slip for "Dancing on the house top"

Listener comments!

  Wed. 7/9/08 1:19pm Mark:

Hello Jerry! Great to hear you back, albeit for a one night stand. I'm still going through withdrawal since October '07. Been wearing out the grooves on my 'Thomas Edison's Attic Program' Records.............
  Wed. 7/9/08 2:07pm Richard Densmore:

Hey Jerry,
It was good to hear your show again!
  Thu. 7/10/08 10:35am Howard Beale:

Jerry, thanks so much. I'm a little less mad today, because I heard your program.
  Sat. 7/12/08 11:07pm Ed:

Good to have you back if for only one Tuesday night. Love those Edison Records. My favorite one tonight was the humoresque rendition of "I`m Afraid To Come Home In The Dark" Thanks.
  Sun. 7/13/08 1:52pm Roy S:

Good to hear your dulcettones on the wireless again!
  Sun. 7/20/08 7:39pm Jenn:

Great to hear you again. Please come back every Tuesday night!
  Mon. 7/28/08 11:03am Brian Hartnett:

Please find some way to continue this great program and service. Where else can we ever be exposed to the history of sound in such an interesting manner. My Edison Diamond Disc player, a family purchase in 1922 for and still running fine, has only so many slots for recordings and you have broadened our musical horizons. Thanks so much for what you've done.
  Sun. 8/3/08 5:51pm Bruce Neveau:

I just discovered this site today, August 3rd, 2008. Only to learn that all this was going on and I knew nothing about it. It is not fair to end this. This is fantastic stuff. Young people need to have access to this kind of information. It even helped me understand why every closet in my house is packed full of cylinders, DD's and 78's. I truly love this stuff. Whoever dreamed up this site gets a gold star.
  Sun. 8/3/08 6:04pm Bruce Neveau:

And one more thing. Recorded sound is an American technology gone global. It is our responsibility to preserve it's history. Thanks.
  Sun. 8/24/08 9:29pm Colin Hancock From Texas:

Too Bad ther arent any more. I miss the records
  Wed. 10/8/08 4:52pm Jim Warner:

Jerry, it was great hearing you back again. It was a great discovery today. I hope you'll continue to sub on occasion. Your programs are a wonderful source of historic sounds.
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