Editor's Note: Christmas tree light collector George Nelson also collected and restored antique wax cylinder phonographs. On this page George posted mp3 recordings he had made of Christmas music cylinders in his posession. Unfortunately, when George's web site shut down, the music files were all lost immediately. Although this page remained available on at least one archive site, without the music files, it was just a sad reminder of what we had lost. In my efforts to restore George's site, I was faced with the decision of trying to replace George's recordings with similar recordings other folks had made, or deleting this page altogether.
Then, totally by fluke, in June, 2010, I found that another reader had copied most of George's recordings onto his web page in 2007. That web page went down soon after, but not before one of HIS readers archived his files to another site. You had better believe I moved quickly to retrieve George's files for this page. I was able to recover all but three and make them available here.
Now here's a "shout out" to reader Clayton Cooper, who has recovered the last three files that were missing from George's original collection. They are:
In addition, if you like these files and want to hear many similar recordings, check out the Antique Christmas Music blog.
Have a great Christmas season!
We now return you to George's original content, circa 2007.
A Sampling of some early Christmas Music
Another of this collector's hobbies is the collecting and restoration of old phonographs. Presented on this page for your enjoyment is a sampling of some vintage cylinder records featuring early Christmas music. These records were played on a 1908 Edison Home cylinder player, while being recorded by computer in MP3 format. The vintage cylinders were produced in the Edison laboratories acoustically, and were recorded without the use of any electricity. It amazes this collector that these recordings are still playable after all these years.
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