The first recording of a family Christmas

The Wall family Christmas of 1904 has been preserved on the equivalent of an early dictaphone.  The link gives more details, including samplings.  (Be sure to play the one of the 7-year-old singing, with his big finale.)

Curators at the Museum of London have discovered what they believe to be the first ever recording of a family Christmas.

They were made 110 years ago by the Wall family who lived in New Southgate in North London.

There are 24 clear recordings on wax cylinders which were made using a phonograph machine between 1902 and 1917.

Music curators say the sound quality of the music recorded is outstanding.

Cromwell and Minnie Wall had nine children, eight of whom appear on the recordings. All the recordings are bursting with vibrancy and life, according to Julia Hoffbrand who is the curator at the Museum of London who helped restore the recordings.

Wall Family

 

via BBC News – Curators discover first recordings of Christmas Day.

May you and your family continue this tradition, handed down from generation to generation, century to century, of having a Christmas celebration “bursting with vibrancy and life.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Mary

    There will be 19 around our table this CHRISTmass, so I’m sure we will have much “vibrancy and life”!

    Joy to the world the LORD is come!

    My daughter surprised us and took communion with us last night. She has been wandering and away from the LORD these last several years, so we are filled with joy for her return.

  • Mary

    There will be 19 around our table this CHRISTmass, so I’m sure we will have much “vibrancy and life”!

    Joy to the world the LORD is come!

    My daughter surprised us and took communion with us last night. She has been wandering and away from the LORD these last several years, so we are filled with joy for her return.

  • http://derekjohnsonmuses.com Derek Johnson

    Sephia always makes photos great.

  • http://derekjohnsonmuses.com Derek Johnson

    Sephia always makes photos great.


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