Rare Brown Wax Phonograph Cylinder William Jennings Bryan "cross Of Gold" Speech
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Rare Brown Wax Phonograph Cylinder William Jennings Bryan "cross Of Gold" Speech:
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For your consideration is a very clean exampleof William Jennings Bryan's famous "Cross of Gold" speech on a Columbia Brown Wax phonograph cylinder record. This record begins with no spoken introduction, as was apparently standard for speech recordings of contemporary historical figures. According to research, this recording is probably the 1896 no. 11038 Columbia-issued version of the speech, with Len Spencer orating. While the importance and popularity of Bryan's speech and controversy surrounding the Gold Standard (which is the subject of the speech) led many smaller independent recording companies to produce their own versions, given the cylinder is a Columbia mold with a single spiral in the core and the recording is very well done with a voice that sounds to be Len Spencer orating, this is more than likely the Columbia production. Given the rarity of this piece, audio of a documented Columbia recording could not be sourced to compare to this particular recording.Also, it should be noted that this cylinder was discovered in a lot of period Brown wax recordings, further indicating its authenticity.
The recording itself is very clean. It has a beautiful sheen and displays only one shallow needle dig. There is one small light spot visible in photos that looks like a mold spot but displays as a discoloration more than deterioration. The audio is clear and exciting.
The record comes with a period brown pasteboard cylinder box and original cotton batting. For preservation purposes it is best to keep this cylinder outside of the cotton batting as this cushioning harbors mold which over time destroys these fragile recordings.
This historic cylinder would be a great display piece for any serious American History or phonograph collector and would be a wonderful compliment to your early cylinder phonograph that is set up to play Brown Wax recordings. The cylinder would be especially fitting on a Coin-operated phonograph as famous speeches such as this one would have been popular selections on Coin-operated machines at the time.Refer to photos and video for more details regarding condition.Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions regarding this item or any other items listed.
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William Jennings Bryan Cylinder