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Re: [ARSCLIST] on record: presidential debates 1908 style
No, I'm thinking of an Edison cylinder but it might not be Bryan. And of course I can't find the
darn audio to give any details.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Michael Biel" <mbiel@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 5:15 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] on record: presidential debates 1908 style
> Question for the group -- was this the election that Bryan recorded
> 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
>-- Tom Fine
The Cross of Gold speech was recorded by him for Gennett on July 2, 1923. There is no crowd on
this or the other Gennetts I've heard from this date and the next. He recorded for Edison,
Victor, and Columbia for the 1908 election, and I believe that none of these have crowds. The
only other records that he himself actually made are two Edison cylinders in 1900, Speech of
Acceptance 7611 and Speech to Labor 7621. I haven't heard them. A lot of the phony speech
records that Steve Barr mentioned included crowds. The phony recordings on Edward R. Murrow's "I
Can Hear It Now, Vol III" included phony crowds. This includes the phony recording of the Scopes
Monkey Trial. Maybe that is what you are thinking of.
Mike Biel mbiel@xxxxxxxxx