The Wall Family
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'First' Christmas day recording made in 1902 unearthed

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.

This one, which is the earliest of the group, is of Cromwell Wall and two of his brothers singing Little Farm Well Tilled, which was a very popular song at the time.

  • 19 Dec 2012