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

Ron, this is good work. Who did the cylinder transfers? The audio was surprisingly clear and crisp for that era. Very enjoyable presentation, both the writing and the web content. Thanks for sharing.

Question for the group -- was this the election that Bryan recorded the re-creation of one of his stemwinders, including a phony "crowd" cheering him on? I forgot if it was the "Cross of Gold" speech or another one but somewhere I have the audio.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "Ron Cowen" <rcowen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 12:01 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] on record: presidential debates 1908 style

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 on Edison wax cylinders that were sold for 35 cents apiece, and for the first time the voice of a candidate for president was brought into the home using the phonograph, which had just become more portable and affordable. My story is at http://sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/36947/title/The_first_sound_bites and includes a prescient audio of Bryan talking about the rights of depositors in case of a bank failure. Also some great images from my personal collection, including a rare French cartoon of Bryan and Taft mannequins standing before cylinder phonographs. to access audio, click on gallery of images and go to extreme right Sincerely, Ron Cowen

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