• Heavy Machine Shop

    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Popular Songs, Tin Pan Alley

Snyder, Does Your Mother Know You're Out?
Performed by: George P. Watson
Record format: Edison Concert cylinder
Release number: B-184
Release date: c. July 1899
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4765

Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?
Performed by: Edward M. Favor
Record format: Edison Concert cylinder
Release number: 7697
Release date: February 1901
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 24893

Just Because She Made Dem Goo-Goo Eyes
Performed by: John Dobbs
Record format: Edison Concert cylinder - home recording (unissued)
Recording date: December 29, 1901
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4778

Jere Sanford's Yodeling and Whistling Specialty
Performed by: Jere Sanford
Record format: Edison Amberol cylinder
Release number: 4M-523 (A- .2)
Release date: 1910
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 36577

Some of These Days - from "Honky Tonk"
Performed by: Sophie Tucker
Composed by: Shelton Brooks
Record format: Edison Amberol cylinder
Release number: 4M-691 (A- .4)
Release date: June 1911
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 35979

Alexander's Ragtime Band
Performed by: Billy Murray
Composed by: Irving Berlin
Record format: Edison Amberol cylinder
Release number: 4M-817 (A- ..10)
Release date: November 1911
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 36065

Moonlight Bay
Performed by: The Premier Quartet
Composed by: Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by: Edward Madden
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 3743-A-3-1
Recording date: 1915
Release number: 50258-R
Release date: September 1915
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 40555

Which Switch is the Switch, Miss, for Ipswich? - from "Rosy Rapture"
Performed by: Billy Murray
Composed by: David, Barnett, Darewski
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 4047-B-3-2
Recording date: 1915
Release number: 50293-R
Release date: December 1915
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 40585

At the Moving Picture Ball
Performed by: Maurice Burkhart
Composed by: Joseph H. Santly
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 7281-B-1-1
Recording date: 1920
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 75978

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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.