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[Brown wax home recording of parody of Thomas Edison speech by PND and Virginia, May 11, 1997].


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

PND and Virginia.

Place of recording likely the United States.

Brown wax cylinder.

The David Giovannoni Collection of home cylinder recordings (Set Number: 347-01, Originally acquired: Dave Heitz, 2004).

Inscription on slip: "Record No. 1 For Dave Heitz 'Let Us try to Remember' By PND and Virginia Recorded May 18, 97 Dave's New recorder #98274 / Peter N. Dilg / Have fun!"

Inscription on cylinder rim in white ink: "5-18-97 Let us try to remember 1: Thomas A Edison."


An introductory speech is based on that of Thomas Edison's 1919 recording "Let Us Not Forget - A Message to the American People": "Thomas A. Edison, the inventor of the phonograph, has never before admitted his voice to be recorded for the public. Today, however, he has a message for you that is important enough to have him break his long-established rule. I beg to introduce Mr. Thomas A. Edison." Sound effect of "Edison" stumbling and knocking something over as he makes his way to the phonograph. The speech that follows is a parody of Edison's 1927 reenactment of his first speech into the phonograph.

Physical Description:
1 cylinder (ca. 2 min.) : 155.1 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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