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'First' Christmas day recordings unearthed: Christmas in 1904

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.

In this recording, made in 1904, Cromwell Wall thanks his parents-in-law for hosting the family gathering and says how much he and his wife Mini and all their children are looking forward to meeting the next year at their new home.

  • 19 Dec 2012