Wax-cylinder containing recordings of the Wall family Christmas, 1902
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Christmas Day 1902 recordings may be earliest, say curators

Curators at the Museum of London have discovered what they believe to be the first ever recordings 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.

Pallab Ghosh reports.

  • 19 Dec 2012
  • From the section UK