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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Poetry, Short Stories, Readings

Uncle Tom's cabin - Entrance of Topsy
Performed by: Len Spencer and company
Written by: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Record format: Edison Amberol cylinder
Release number: 4M-572 (A- .15)
Release date: December 1910
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 36848

In de mornin' & Jes gib him one ob mine
Performed by: Edward Sterling Wright
Written by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Record format: Edison Blue Amberol cylinder
Release number: 2235 (.3)
Release date: April 1914
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 34435
** Historical note: Edward Sterling Wright was an African-American actor educated at Emerson College of Oratory in Boston. His recitations helped to introduce and popularize the works of African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Antony's address over the body of Caesar
Performed by: Harry E. Humphrey
Written by: William Shakespeare
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 3049-B-1-1
Recording date: 1914
Release number: 50211-R
Release date: c. June 1915
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 40512

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Did You Know?

1888s photo of the Black Maria - the world's first motion picture studio.

West Orange, NJ, was the birthplace of motion pictures. In 1893, Thomas Edison built the first building for the recording of motion pictures. It was dubbed THE BLACK MARIA. It got its name because it was large and black and looked like the police wagons of the day, which were called black marias.