The Christmas of the Phonograph "Referenced Records"
The Christmas of the Phonograph Records - A Recollection by Mari Sandoz - Illustrated by James W. Brown, University of Nebraska Press - Lincoln Copyright © 1966 by the Estate of Mari Sandoz
Mari Sandoz's "Recollection" is based on her father, Old Jules Sandoz, buying an Edison Phonograph and over three hundred records for their Christmas holiday circa 1908.
There are many record references in Mari's "Recollection" starting with Lucia, the first record they slipped onto their machine.
Titles identified in Mari's story are listed below followed by respective records available in 1908, i.e., the Sandoz family and their neighbors might have heard these recordings. Linked records for listening are courtesy of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Library unless otherwise noted.
Lucia, performed by Edison Sextette, Edison Amberol Record, 1908
Alpine Violets, by Jaudas and Rose, Edison Record, 1905
Casey at the Telephone, James White, Edison Record, 1902
I'm Trying So Hard to Forget You, by Stanley and Harlan, Columbia Phonograph Record, 1905
Mocking Bird, played by Mr. Charles D'Almaine, Edison Record, 1902 (violin solo)
Rabbit Hash, by Billy Golden, Edison Record, 1903 (see Dialect Records Disclaimer)
Red Wing, sung by Frederick H. Potter, Edison Record, 1907
Schubert's Serenade, by Hans Kronold, Edison Record, 1905
American Students' Waltzes, played by the Edison Military Band, Edison Record, 1904
It Blew! Blew! Blew! Schottische, played by the Edison Concert Band, Edison Record, 1906
Andreas Hofer, by Harvey Hindermeyer, Edison Blue Amberol, 1914
Sempach, (not available at this time)
Spring Song, by Charles D'Almaine, Edison Record, 1902
La Paloma, played by the Edison Symphony Orchestra, Edison Record, 1902
Come ye Disconsolate, (not available at this time)
The Last Rose of Summer, by Harry McDonough, Edison Record, 1904
In Monkey Land, by Collins and Harlan, Edison Record, 1907
Moonlight Sonata, (not available at this time)
Stille Nacht, by Nebe-Quartette, Edison Record, 1907
Don't Get Married Any More, Ma, sung by Ada Jones, Edison Record, 1908
The Blue Danube, played by Edison Symphony Orchestra, Edison Record, 1902
Always in the Way, sung by Byron G. Harlan, Edison Record, 1903
Arkansas Traveler, musical monologue by Len Spencer, Edison Record, 1902
Finkelstein at the Seashore, (not available, however touch to listen to) Blitz and Blatz at the Seashore, Columbia, 1909
Everybody Works but Father, sung by Bob Roberts, Edison Record, 1905
Melody in F, by Hans Kronold, Edison Record, 1905
Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground, sung by Frank C. Stanley, Edison Record, 1902
Traumerei, played by Hans Kronold, Edison Record, 1905
Old Jules opening one of his large boxes of cylinder records (Illustration by James W. Brown)
When Mari's mother started noticing "all of the records spread out there, and in the kitchen-living room behind her" she began to realize their number.
It is unknown what the titles of the several hundred foreign records were that Old Jules may have purchased from "a Swiss friend in New York." The following, however, are two pages from The Edison Phonograph Monthly, October 1907 of Edison's Advance List of French, German, Norweigian, Polish and Scandinavian Records which Edison Jobbers could order as Edison was making way for these new releases of foreign records in his catalogue which he said would likely be "more universally popular."