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Music of Foreign Countries

La Paloma
Performed by: Banda de Zapadores de Mexico
Composed by: Sebastian Yradier
Record format: Edison Gold Moulded cylinder
Release number: 18734 (1)
Release date: July 1905
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 38222

O, tannenbaum
Performed by: Nebe Quartett
Composed by: Richard Wagner
Record format: Edison Gold Moulded cylinder
Release number: 15354 (5G)
Release date: c. July 1907
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 38244

Mazel tov
Performed by: I. J. Hochman's Yiddisher Orchester
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 6500-B-2-1
Recording date: December 11, 1918
Release number: 59500-L
Release date: c. April 1919
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 44419

Nataligino kolo (Natalie's dance)
Performed by: Jugoslavensko Tamburasko Drustvo (Jugo-Slav Tamburizta Orchestra)
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 7549-B-1-1
Recording date: 1920
Release number: 65011-L
Release date: November 1924
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 41283

Smês esko - slováckych písní - cis 1
Performed by: Milán Lusk - houslové solo; Ludmila Vojáckova-Wetché, klavirni doprovod.
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 7795-C-2-6
Recording date: 1921
Release number: 65001-R
Release date: c. August 1921
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 41274

Narodowe melodye (Polish national melodies) - polka
Performed by: Aleksander Iwanowski - "harmonika"
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 8540-C-3-1
Recording date: July 24, 1922
Release number: 65310-L
Release date: November 1922
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 71105

La bella Cubano - habenera
Performed by: El Trio Cubano - violins and piano
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 9717-A-1-1
Recording date: September 18, 1924
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 77575

Que partes el alma - rumba son
Performed by: Juan de la Cruz y Bienvenido Leon - tenor y baritono in Spanish
Composed by: Manuel Mendez
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 9751-A-1-2
Recording date: September 29, 1924
Release number: 60035-L
Release date: December 1924
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 41247

Envoyons d'l'avant nos gens! (Let's go ahead boys!) - folklore du Canada
Performed by: Charles Marchand - basse ; Ernest Patience - au piano.
Composed by: Harm, D'Amedee Tremblay
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 10365-C-1-1
Recording date: May 12, 1925
Release number: 58023-R
Release date: August 1925
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 44392

Skamba kankliah ir trimintai - Lithuanian folk love song
Performed by: Jouzas Suildauskas, baritonas
Composed by: Mikas Petraushas
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 10734-C-1-1
Recording date: May 22, 1925
Release number: 65509-L
Release date: March 1926
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 41305

Anssin jukka ja härman häät - Finnish folk song
Performed by: Otto Pyykkonen - tenor (with violin, accordion and piano)
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 18289-C-1-2
Recording date: March 08, 1928
Release number: 59306-R
Release date: June 1928
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 44417

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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.