Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July Special Podcast Episode - Patriotic Vintage Music and Speeches

Over a hundred years ago Edison Records was using it's new cylinder recording technology to capture the music and words of America. In this special Genealogy Gems Podcast 4th of July episode published last year I had the pleasure of compiling some of the most inspiring sounds of that time:

Patrick Henry's speech performed by Harry E. Humphrey on Edison Blue Amberol, 1912

The Continental Congress - The You Are There radio show took historic events and dramatized them with "live radio" coverage style. C1947-1950

The Star Spangled Banner performed by Thomas Chalmers and chorus (including Elizabeth Spencer). Edison Records, 1915

Washington's Farewell Address performed by Harry E. Humphrey for Edison Blue Amberol 1912

If Washington Should Come To Life performed by Billy Murray on Edison Gold Moulded Record, 1906

Thomas Jefferson March performed by United States Marine Band on Edison Standard Record, 1909

Under Freedom's Flag performed by Edison Military Band on Edison Gold Moulded Record, 1908

Fourth Of July Address at Hyde Park, NY by President Roosevelt (4 Jul 1941)

My Country 'Tis Of Thee performed by Edison Male Quartette on Edison Gold Moulded Record, 1903

I hope you'll enjoy this episode and in particular, I hope that you will share it with your children and grandchildren. Listen while you barbecue or watch fireworks. Happy 4th of July!

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