02 February 2012

Bismarck Speaks!

Literally... The only known recording of Otto von Bismarck's voice has been discovered on a forgotten wax cylinder.

This is absolutely amazing. Audio archeologists have uncovered a wax cylinder phonograph record that bears a lost vocal recording of Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck.

This cylinders was discovered in 1957 inside Thomas Edison's lab — next to a cot where Edison would nap — but the recording languished unlabeled until last year, when researchers at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park determined that a group of unmarked cylinders contained the voices of 19th-century German political figures like Bismarck and famed strategist Helmuth von Moltke.

h/t SFG!

By: Brant

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