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Re: [ARSCLIST] on record: presidential debates 1908 style

These records --and there were both cylinders and disk records--were recorded by Taft and Bryan themselves. Please read story and graphics--in earlier elections, most political speeches recorded by actors, but not in 1908. Story makes this clear. 


From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List on behalf of Steven C. Barr
Sent: Sat 10/4/2008 1:01 AM
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] on record: presidential debates 1908 style

---- Original Message -----
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
should aq
politician elect to record a speech himself, he would have to repeat it an
number of times...?!

Steven C. Barr

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