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

----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Biel" <mbiel@xxxxxxxxx>
Steven C. Barr wrote:
---- 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...!

There are PHOTOGRAPHS of thsee recordings being made. The details of where and when they were made are known.

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 incredible
number of times...?!

Steven C. Barr

What are you talking about?????????? Cylinders had been moulded since 1902.
But, IIRC, Edison...the primary cylinder "label" of the first decades of the
20th century...didn't introduce "moulded" cylinders until 1908...?!

Steven C. Bar4r

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