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Century Old Audio Christmas Recordings Unearthed by London Museum

Posted: Jan. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
1908 Cromwell Wall and Family
Cromwell Wall and Family

Unearthed just in time for the holiday season, the Museum of London has released an aging set of family recordings from all the way back in 1902. 24 recordings have survived a century of neglect, and after converting the aging recordings to a digital format, the museum was happy to share the audio with the descendants of those recorded.

The Museum of London has released a set of family audio recordings that span the years from 1902 to 1917. Cromwell Wall made the recordings on wax cylinders using what was then the latest in audio technology, the phonograph. Curators say the recordings, which were made around Christmas and New Year’s, offer a fascinating look into family life in Britain during the early 1900s.

 

Christmas was a time for family gatherings, Wall’s grandson Oliver tells the BBC.

 

“I can remember the occasions,” he says. “We always had big parties. And singing, around the piano with grandpa playing, and then he took us around marching.”

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