World’s Oldest Christmas Recording Now Available Thanks to Digital Transfer

Wall family wax cylinder recordingThe Museum of London had used digital scanning to recreate what is believed to be the world’s oldest Christmas themed recording. Miraculously preserved all this time on the original wax cylinders used by phonographs of that era, these recording have not been heard in more than a hundred years as it was believed that the act of playing them would destroy it forever. This new digitizing process created by The British Library was so successful that 24 of the 26 recordings created by the Wall familly, dated from 1902 to 1917, have been recovered.

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