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.
In a message dated 5/5/2015 11:40:49 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
[log in to unmask] writes (quoting NY Times):
"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."