Alexandria Digital Research Library

[Brown wax home recording of woman making a record for her friend Smith, October 20, 1903].


Place of Publication:
[Place of production unknown],
Issued Date:
Personal recordings

Performer name not given or decipherable.

Place of recording likely the United States.

Brown wax cylinder.

The David Giovannoni Collection of home cylinder recordings (Set Number: 351-01).


Woman speaks: "October twentieth, nineteen hundred and three. Making a record [of history (?)] is rather unusual for me, but as my friend Smith is anxious to hear my voice after I have left here, I shall do my very best...." She describes travel and a reunion with friends from long ago, as well as listening to the voices of her friends on the phonograph. She may say her name at the end of the recording.

Physical Description:
1 cylinder (ca. 2 min.) : 135.1 rpm ; 2 1/4 x 4 in.
Audio musical
Cylinder Audio Archive
Library Location:
Department of Special Research Collections
Catalog System Number:
Copyright Holder:
University of California (System). Regents

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