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Early recording sessions      Early Recorded Sounds & Wax Cylinders
Explore early sound recording methods, two-minute wax cylinder records and antique phonographs; see plenty of rare vintage photos; and enjoy listening to early recorded sounds taken directly from the original wax cylinders.
   Cylinder of the Month
Listen to a complete two-minute wax cylinder recording – a "new" cylinder every month.
For May:   A Billy Murray double feature!
      • From 1908, the comic song, I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark.   — and —
      • From 1909, its humorous sequel, I Used to Be Afraid to Go Home in the Dark.
Hear a complete wax cylinder recording.    
April:   Miserere from "Trovatore" (Duet) 1907
March:   Hebrew Vaudeville - parody on "Rip Van Winkle was a Lucky Man" (Monologue) 1903
February:   Immortality (Talking) 1908
January:   The Charge of Roosevelt's Rough Riders (Descriptive) 1898
December:   Washington Post March (Band) 1904
November:   Flirting on the Beach (Orchestra) 1904
October:   Unlawful Trusts (Speech) 1908

See also the archive.
   Thomas Edison Commemorative
   An 1878 Recording
Want a primitive recording?   Try this experimental sound recording from 1878: The world's earliest playable phonograph recording – still audible today after more than 130 years . . .
Tour the preservation process      Wax cylinder preservation tour
See the process used at to preserve early wax cylinder recordings.
   A Note to Caretakers of Early Sound Recordings
Preservation of brown wax cylinder recordings digitally transferred onto CDs, including research, offered to collectors and institutions.
See also the video guide for packing and shipping wax cylinder records.

   Tinfoil Resource Center
Locate answers, resources, buyers and sellers – An antique phonograph and early sound recordings answer desk.
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