Otto von Bismarck brought back to life thanks to Thomas Edison recording
A fantastic rare find in America here of a previously-lost recording of 19th Century German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. One of those "unlabelled box" discoveries that so often yield amazing items, other cylinders contain music by Chopin and various German and Hungarian performers of the time - a veritable treasure trove of sound recordings from 1889 allowing us to hear for the first time the voices of people from over 100 years ago.
Otto von Bismarck voice recording released
|Field Marshal Helmut von Moltke, also recorded|
Bismarck’s Voice Among Restored Edison Recordings
German historians are naturally elated by this unearthing, as well they should be, but it is a remarkable event for historians everywhere. The great thing about it is that as sound recordings they can no doubt be digitised, stored and disseminated the world over thanks to modern technology. One wonders if our own audio formats will last as long, and whether they will be found and listened to in the 22nd Century, and be of as much interest?