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.

Everybody waited, leaning forward. There was a rhythmic frying in the silence, and then a whispering of sound, soft and very, very far away.

It brought a murmur of disappointment and an escaping laugh, but gradually the whispers loudened into the sextet from Lucia, into what still seems to me the most beautiful singing in the world."

 

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

 

Any Rags, by Arthur Collins, Edison Record, 1903 (see Dialect Records Disclaimer)

 

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 (No recording available at this time)

 

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

 

The Preacher and the Bear, by Arthur Collins, Columbia Indestructible Records, 1909

 

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)