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Experimental Recordings

2nd record, Sept. 15, 1924. - A. Paganucci
Performed by: Orchestra, A. Paganucci - director
Recording date: September 15, 1924
Location: Columbia Street Studio, Edison Laboratory, West Orange, New Jersey
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc, experimental
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 87052
** Historical note: This recording was made with an experimental 125 ft. long recording horn.

Plaque no. 1, Exp. nos. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4, recorder #20
Performed by: Losey's Orchestra
Recording date: December 8, 1925
Location: Columbia Street Studio, Edison Laboratory, West Orange, New Jersey
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc, experimental
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 77879
** Historical note: This recording was made with an experimental 125 ft. long recording horn.

Plaque no. 2, Exp. nos. 5 - 6 - 7 - 8, recorder #20
Performed by: Losey's Orchestra
Recording date: December 8, 1925
Location: Columbia Street Studio, Edison Laboratory, West Orange, New Jersey
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc, experimental
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 77879
** Historical note: This recording was made with an experimental 125 ft. long recording horn.

Plaque no. 6, Exp. # 27, rec. #20
Performed by: Losey's Orchestra
Recording date: December 16, 1925
Location: Columbia Street Studio, Edison Laboratory, West Orange, New Jersey
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc, experimental
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 77947
** Historical note: This recording was made with an experimental 125 ft. long recording horn.

Radio program for WAAM, Newark, New Jersey
Performed by: John A. Scott - organ, vocal ; Mr. Greenfield - vocal.
Recording date: April 12, 1928
Location: Columbia Street Studio, Edison Laboratory, West Orange, New Jersey
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc, experimental
Record number: EXP-155-A
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 78047
** Historical note: This is an experimental slow speed (30 rpm) electrical recording, made for an experimental pre-recorded radio broadcast. The one-sided 10-inch diameter disc record has three recorded takes, about 17 minutes total duration.


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Did You Know?

The talking doll that Edison sold had a ceramic head and metal body.

Was Teddy Ruxpin the first talking doll? Think again. Some of the first phonographs that Thomas made were actually talking dolls. The dolls were 18" tall and each had a very small phonograph in its body. The dolls repeated nursery rhymes. You could even buy dolls that spoke different languages.