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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Motion Picture Soundtracks and Actor Auditions

The five bachelors
Performers unknown
Directed by: Ramsay
Recording date: December 7, 1912 (or February 16, 1913)
Location: Edison motion picture film studio, Bronx, NY
Record format: Edison Kinetophone cylinder
Record number: E (.12)
Film production log number: 5003 (or 5032)
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4632

"Voice trial" - Kinetophone actor audition
Performed by: Bob Lett
Recording date: June 24, 1913
Location: Edison motion picture film studio, Bronx, NY
Record format: Edison wax cylinder master record (unissued)
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 44833

"Voice trial" - Kinetophone actor audition
Performed by: Siegfried Von Schultz
Recording date: c. 1913
Location: Edison motion picture film studio, Bronx, NY
Record format: Edison wax cylinder master record (unissued)
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 44983

"Voice trial" - Kinetophone actor audition
Performed by: Frank Lenord
Recording date: c. 1913
Location: Edison motion picture film studio, Bronx, NY
Record format: Edison wax cylinder master record (unissued)
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 44830

The old violin
Performers unknown
Directed by: Higham
Recording date: January 1914
Location: Edison motion picture film studio, Bronx, NY
Record format: Edison Kinetophone cylinder
Record number: 83 B (.1)
Film production log number: 5105
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4627

Andrew Carnegie
Spoken by: Andrew Carnegie, industrialist & philanthropist
Directed by: Higham
Recording date: January 20, 1914
Location: Edison motion picture film studio, Bronx, NY
Record format: Edison Kinetophone cylinder
Record number: 84 A (.2)
Film production log number: 5113
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4640
Note: The motion picture element of this sound film is believed lost.

The birth of the telephone
Spoken by: Thomas A. Watson, assistant to Alexander Graham Bell
Recording date: c. 1914
Location: Edison motion picture film studio, Bronx, NY
Record format: Edison Kinetophone cylinder
Record number: 257 B-2 (D-B2 Bell)
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4634
Note: The motion picture element of this sound film is believed lost.

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Did You Know?

Photograph of Thomas Edison at the age of fourteen years.

There is a rumor that Edison was actually born in Mexico, based on his middle name Alva. However, Alva was the name of a family friend, Captain Bradley. When he was young, Edison's nickname was "Al," from his middle name Alva.