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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Popular Instrumental, Ragtime

Polish national dance
Performed by: Charles D' Almaine - violin
Record format: Edison Concert cylinder
Release number: B-332
Release date: March 1900
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4788

Dinah polka
Performed by: Charles P. Lowe - xylophone
Record format: Edison Concert cylinder
Release number: B-473
Release date: October 1900
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4815

Spring of love
Performed by: Eugene Jaudas - violin ; Louis Atz - flute
Composed by: Sam Ehrlich
Record format: Edison Concert cylinder
Release number: 8404
Release date: June 1903
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4791

Ma rag time baby
Performed by: Peerless Orchestra
Record format: Edison Gold Moulded cylinder
Release number: 700 (1)
Release date: c. November 1903
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 37289

Arbucklenian polka
Performed by: Bohumir Kryl - cornet
Record format: Edison Gold Moulded cylinder
Release number: 8327 (....)
Release date: January 1903
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 37408

New York blues - rag classical
Performed by: Pietro Frosini - accordion
Composed by: Pietro Frosini
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 4998-B-1-6
Recording date: 1916
Release number: 50454-L
Release date: February 1918
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 41040

Ragtime echoes
Performed by: Samuel Siegel - mandolin ; Marie Caveny - ukulele
Composed by: Samuel Siegel
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 6599-B-1-1
Recording date: 1918
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 76220

Saxema
Performed by: Rudy Wiedoeft - saxophone
Composed by: Rudy Wiedoeft
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 7161
Recording date: 1920
Release number: 50862-R
Release date: February 1922
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 68208

Flow gently sweet afton & Bonnie, sweet Bessie
Performed by: Robert Trucksess - American guitar
a.) Composed by: J.E. Spilman
b.) Composed by: J.L.B. Gilbert
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 8211-A-4-2
Recording date: September 12, 1921
Release number: 50994-R
Release date: August 1922
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 42253

Poet and peasant overture
Performed by: Eddie Peabody - banjo
Composed by: Franz von Suppé
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 10240-B-1-2
Recording date: March 04, 1925
Release number: 51523-L
Release date: June 1925
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 42876

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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.