Hear My Voice: Green wax disc

Smithsonian's national Museum of American History
January 26, 2015
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Smithsonian's national Museum of American History

The Smithsonian Collection of Early Sound Recordings

Hamlet green wax disc: Unknown recording date, but probably 1884-85

Disc recording in green wax on brass holder, probably 1885. Content: male voice reciting opening lines of “To be, or not to be” soliloquy from Hamlet.