Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Fun Stuff: The National Jukebox

Image Source: Library of Congress
Imagine your computer as a new Gramophone purchased for family and friends to enjoy in your home parlor. Audition popular recorded selections of the beginning of the 20th century years—band music, novelty tunes, humorous monologues, hits from the season's new musical theater productions, the latest dance rhythms, and opera arias.
The Library of Congress' recently released National Jukebox now makes that possible, with historic sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The collection includes more than 10,000 78rpm disc sides issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925. Select from classical, ragtime, opera, gospel, and ethnic music, and spoken word recordings. Check out these sample playlists curated by Library staff and learn how to create and share your own playlist. Opera fans, check out the interactive Victrola Book of the Opera.

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