Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress
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The initial release of the American Variety Stage collection includes ten sound recordings selected from vintage Edison phonograph Diamond Discs released from 1913-1927. These recordings feature comic skits, popular music and songs--including well-known favorites from the Civil War and World War I--and a dramatic monologue. This offering of sound recordings will be expanded in the future to include a broad sampling of dramatic, comic, and musical acts from the variety stage.
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