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      • [Brown wax home recording of man for his wife Margot describing the important events of his life, November 25, 1955].

[Brown wax home recording of man for his wife Margot describing the important events of his life, November 25, 1955].


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

Place of recording likely the United States.

The David Giovannoni Collection of home cylinder recordings (Set Number: 113-01).

Performer not given.

Brown wax cylinder.


Man addresses his wife: "Good morning, Margot! This is just a brief resum of the most important events of my life. You know the voice quite well, so there's no necessity to mention the name. Today is the twenty-fifth of November, nineteen hundred and fifty-five, and it was on this day, the twenty-fifth of November, forty-three years ago, that I first entered the service of the county farm." He notes that he had just retired on August 29th and that he'd had an Edison Gem Phonograph, presumably the one used to make this recording, the whole time he'd worked at the farm. He recalls that the happiest day of his life was the day he got married.

Physical Description:
1 cylinder (ca. 2 min.) : 141.0 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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