From another angle, Chris Hardwick did a pretty funny bit on the Edison
talking dolls on "@midnight" on Comedy Central last night. Even played a
clip and showed one of the dolls. Touted it's nightmarish qualities.
Great fun and the effort reached an audience that never would have heard
of these items otherwise.
On 5/7/2015 6:16 AM, Gerald Fabris wrote:
> Hi Allen-
> Edison hired young women to perform for doll cylinders during late 1888, and the earliest doll
> recording that survives is from late 1888. It is a tin cylinder, rather than wax. See reference:
> “Dolls That Really Talk,” New York Evening Sun, November 22, 1888 (TAED SC88130a; TAEM 146:357).
> Regarding the historic significance Edison doll records, this is how we've described it on the NPS
> What makes the Edison Talking Doll Recordings historically and culturally important?
> They are the earliest commercial sound recordings known to survive.
> The factory program that produced these records was probably the first time people were paid to perform
> for sound recordings.
> The girls (or young women) hired by Edison were arguably the world's first professional recording
> These records carry the earliest known recordings of women's voices made in the United States.
> They are the oldest Children's Records known to survive.
> Link to website FAQ here:
> -Jerry Fabris, TENHP
> Allen said:
>> I have seen this comment a few times (regarding the "first"), but of
>> course Wangemann's Logbook (published in ECR) shows that Edison entertainment
>> cylinders (2" by 4") were regularly supplied from May of 1889, and could be
>> played, quite successfully, on Class M phonographs.
>>> "Yet sound historians say the cylinders were the first entertainment
>>> records ever made, and the young girls hired to recite the rhymes were the
>>> world's first recording artists."