Options Thomas Edison's Attic: Playlist from May 31, 2005 Options

The audio curator at Edison National Historic Site rummages through the archives of the legendary Edison Laboratory of West Orange, New Jersey. Tune in for Edison cylinder and disc record rarities, many not heard since "the old man" himself stashed them away, featuring: Tin Pan Alley pop songs, ragtime, vaudeville comedy sketches, flapper dance bands, old-time country tunes, historic classical music, laboratory experiments and other artifacts - all dating from 1888 through 1929.

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Options May 31, 2005: Edison's Columbia St. studio & the 125 ft. recording horn

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The Columbia Street studio - prior to demolition in 1937

Artist Track Album Year
E. Robert Schmitz - piano  Valse, Op. 42   Options Diamond Disc 1504-A  1920 
Ernest Stevens Dance Quartet  Hot dog! - fox trot   Options Diamond Disc 8718-A  1923 
Ernest Stevens  Talk on Columbia St. studio & the 125 ft horn   Options ENHS program - "Edison phonograph recordings"  1973 
unknown  French horn (center): back 5 ft , 15 ft , 25 ft - June 7, 1923   Options Diamond Disc EXP  1923 
unknown  Tuba (4 ft off center): back 5 ft , 15 ft , 25 ft - June 5, 1923   Options Diamond Disc EXP  1923 
unknown  Piccolo (center): back 5 ft , 15 ft , 25 ft - June 8, 1923   Options Diamond Disc EXP  1923 
unknown  Snare drum (10 ft back): center , 4 ft off center , 8 ft off center - June 14, 1923   Options Diamond Disc EXP  1923 
Haydn Orchestra of Orange, New Jersey  Prelude du deluge   Options Diamond Disc 10004-A  1923 
Ernest Stevens, Theodore Edison  Talk on Columbia St. studio & the 125 ft horn   Options ENHS program - "Recording techniques"  1975 
Ernest Stevens - piano  Knice and knifty   Options Diamond Disc 8744-B  1923 
Bellini Ensemble Unique  Cuban dreams   Options Diamond Disc 10043-A  1924 
Theodore Edison, Raymond Wile  Talk on Columbia St. studio & the 125 ft horn   Options ENHS program - "Recording techniques"  1975 
A. Paganucci - director  2nd record - Sept 15, 1924 - violins   Options Diamond Disc EXP  1924 
F.H. Losey's orchestra  Plaque no. 2, exp. nos. 5-6-7-8, 12/8/25, recorder #20.   Options Diamond Disc EXP  1925 
F.H. Losey's orchestra  Plaque no. 6, exp. #27, 12/16/25, rec. #20.   Options Diamond Disc EXP  1925 
Victor Young, Thomas Griselle - piano duet  Cubist - fox trot   Options Diamond Disc 8776-A  1923 

The Ernest Stevens Trio


Notebook entry for "Hot Dog"


The 125 ft. recording horn


French horn position test recording - June 7, 1923


Notebook entry for F.H. Losey orchestra tests - December 8, 1925


Aerial view of the Columbia St. studio - November 25, 1928


Thomas Edison's son Charles at the 125 ft. horn in 1942


Columbia St., West Orange, New Jersey - November 9, 2005
(Photo taken from nearly same viewpoint as photo at top of this page.)


More information on the Columbia Street studio
and the 125 ft. horn can be found in this book:
Edison Disc Artists and Records, 1910 - 1929, second edition
by Raymond Wile & Ronald Dethlefson, (Brooklyn, NY: APM Press, 1990).


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