Wednesday 19 December 2012

Christmas recordings from a century ago

This is interesting - a series of 24 wax cylinder recordings made by a family in London's Southgate area between 1902 and 1917, recently found at the National Museum of London, and including what is believed to be the first ever recording made of a Christmas family gathering.

The full story, along with some of the recordings, can be read and listened to at


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