• Heavy Machine Shop

    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Country and Anglo-American Folk Songs

Opera reel with calls
Performed by: Jasper Bisbee - fiddle, Beulah Bisbee-Schuler - piano.
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 9264-A-3-4
Release number: 51278-R
Recording date: November 24, 1923
Release date: January 1924
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 42632

Lonesome road blues
Performed by: The Blue Ridge Duo (Gene Austin and George Reneau)
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 9727-B-4-5
Release number: 51515-R
Recording date: September 22, 1924
Release date: May 1925
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 42868

Cluck old hen
Performed by: Fiddlin' Powers and Family
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 10620-C-1-1
Recording date: October 06, 1925
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 78487

He was nailed to the cross for me
Performed by: Ernest V. Stoneman and his Dixie Mountineers
Record format: Edison Needle Type disc test pressing
Matrix number: N-210-B-1-1
Recording date: April 24, 1928
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 80960

Barbara Allen
Performed by: Frank Luther and his Pards
Record format: Edison Needle Type disc test pressing
Matrix number: N-362-B-1-1
Recording date: August 15, 1928
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 81262

Down in a Georgia jail
Performed by: Posey Rorer and his North Carolina Ramblers
Record format: Edison Needle Type disc test pressing
Matrix number: N-464-A-1-1
Recording date: September 26, 1928
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 81450

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Did You Know?

Fluoroscope

Clarence Madison Dally an employee of Thomas Edison at his West Orange research labs volunteered to work on the newly discovered x-rays. Using a fluoroscope, made of a fluoride gas filled light and two pieces of cardboard to focus the x-rays, Dally would expose himself to high concentrations of radiation eventually leading to radiation poisoning. After Dally’s death when Edison was asked about x-rays he would respond with “Don’t ask me about x-rays. I am afraid of them.”