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Re: [ARSCLIST] on record: presidential debates 1908 style
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From: "Ron Cowen" <rcowen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I just wrote a neat piece for Science News magazine online on the coming
of age of the phonograph and the first sound bites recorded by candidates
running for the White House, exactly 100 years ago in 1908. William
Jennings Bryan and William Howard Taft recorded their voices
Point is, were the voices recorded and sold ACTUALLY Bryan and Taft...?!
The "recording industry" of that era often offered...or CLAIMED to...various
"noted orators" and their speeches! However, most of these were actually
recorded by standard recording artists, like Len Spencer...!
After all, in 1908, cylinders weren't yet manufactured using moulds...so
politician elect to record a speech himself, he would have to repeat it an
number of times...?!
Steven C. Barr