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Very interesting! Especially of note from the wiki:
"In 1890, a delegation of Hungarian pilgrims in Turin recorded a short
patriotic speech delivered by the elderly Lajos Kossuth. The original
recording on two wax cylinders for the Edison phonograph survives to
this day, although barely audible due to excess playback and
unsuccessful early restoration attempts. Lajos Kossuth is the earliest
born person in the world who has his voice preserved."
"unsuccessful easrly restoration attempts" indeed. Cautionary note!
Cool that there is a direct link to download the audio as realaudio.
Sadly noisy, though...
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On May 23, 2006, at 7:05 PM, David Lewis wrote:
The oldest person to speak on a surviving recording was Hungarian
patriot Laszlo Kossuth, who was born in 1802 and recorded in 1890. The
cylinder is on the web at:
There was some discussion about this on 78-L some years ago. There was
another man, Horatio Perry, who recorded for the Ohio Phonograph
company in 1890 on his 100th birthday. None of those cylinders have
been found. Someone mentioned that a couple of Irish singers who were
yet a little older recorded somewhat later, but these haven't been
found and I can't remember the details offhand.
If I'm wrong, please come forward.
---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Jerry McBride <jerry.mcbride@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 17:19:12 -0700
We recently received this question, and there is probably someone in
who knows the answer. If you do, I'd be grateful for the help
you can back it up with a reliable source. Thanks
What is the earliest birth date of anyone whose voice has been
Therefore not, necessarily, the birth date of "oldest" person
the birth date of the first person recorded. But rather, the birth
a person who was probably around 100yrs of age when voice recording
in the 1890s - and possibly therefore was born before 1800.
If this recording no longer exists or cannot for any reason be
- what is the earliest birth date of anyone whose voice has been
that may still be listened to - and how and where can one listen to
Jerry McBride, Head Librarian (650) 725-1146
Music Library & Archive of Recorded Sound (650) 725-1145 (fax)
Braun Music Center
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Stanford, CA 94305-3076