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Edison's version of a minstrel show condensed into two minutes: From 1904, the Georgia Minstrels.

Georgia Minstrels

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 8672
Category Minstrels
Title Georgia Minstrels
Performed by S. H. Dudley & Len Spencer
Circa 1904
Announcement "The Georgia Minstrels.  Edison record."

Edison's minstrel series recordings generally followed an amusing and highly compressed minstrel show format:

Though the format was the same, Edison's earlier minstrel recordings went by different names, perhaps attempting to reflect minstrelsy across the nation, such as the "Louisiana Minstrels", "Mississippi Minstrels", "Tennessee Minstrels", and even the "California Minstrels".   However, as with this selection, the "Georgia Minstrels", in most cases there doesn't seem to be much connection between the title and the presentation.

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Interested in hearing other wax cylinder minstrel recordings, or learning more about minstrelsy?

Key Title Category Performed by Circa
11/2005 Alabama Troubadours - Because Minstrels Ancient City Quartette, S. H. Dudley, Billy Heins 1898-1899
07/2010 At the Minstrel Show - No. 1 Minstrel series Edison Minstrels 1906
11/2000 The Imperial Minstrels - Dese Bones Shall Rise Again Minstrels Len Spencer & Steve Porter 1901
12/2013 The Imperial Minstrels - Mamie Reilly Minstrels Len Spencer & Steve Porter 1898
03/2012 The Imperial Minstrels - Old Folks at Home Minstrels Roger Harding & Steve Porter 1899
02/2016 The Imperial Minstrels - Upon the Golden Shore Minstrels Len Spencer, Steve Porter & Dan W. Quinn 1899
01/2015 Jubilee Minstrels Minstrels Edison Minstrels 1908
03/2007 Three Minutes With the Minstrels Minstrels S. H. Dudley & Arthur Collins 1899


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