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'First' Christmas day recordings unearthed: Christmas song 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's seven-year-old son Leslie sings a song called Minstrel Boy.

  • 19 Dec 2012