Monday, August 15, 2011
She Forgot To Bring Him Back
Despite what you might conclude from my last few entries, I didn't blow *all* my money last week on old postcards.
Truth be told, I also blew some of it on a "new" cylinder for our 1903 Edison home phonograph.
That cylinder features Ada Jones's rendition of "She Forgot To Bring Him Back."
According to Wikipedia, "Ada Jones (June 1, 1873 – May 2, 1922) was a popular mezzo-soprano who recorded from 1905 to the early 1920s. She was born in Lancashire, England but moved with her family to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of six in 1879. She started performing on stage, including juvenile roles in the 1880s. In 1893 or 1894, she recorded some musical performances for the North American Phonograph Co., most popularly known, 'Sweet Marie'. But the demise of this company ended this recording career and it was not until 1905 that she returned to recording, after a few years doing performances at such locations as Huber's 14th Street Museum in New York City. She recorded several duets with Billy Murray and Len Spencer. She sang in a range of accents and dialects."
Thanks to YouTube and pghcoyote, you can hear what I hear when I slip this cylinder on our machine if you want to:
FYI: Our machine doesn't look much like pghcoyote's.
If you want to know what it *does* look like, watch this video that was posted by desoto1961:
NOTE: If you watch desoto1961's video with the sound on, you'll also have the pleasure of hearing another selection from Ms. Jones.
ANOTHER NOTE: If you're interested in learning how to work an old Edison home photograph, see the excellent demonstration video that desoto1961 has posted here.
YET ANOTHER NOTE: Old Edison home phonographs aren't as rare as you might think.
Ours happens to be the 200,187th one that was made.
Please let me know if you happen to have #200,186. I'm kinda curious as to where it ended up.
Posted by DJ at 9:00 PM