Weird History

These Rare Recordings Of Famous Historical Figures Speaking Are Fascinating

History is able to truly spring to life thanks to modern technological advancements in film and sound. And the voices! Some of them beloved and familiar, while others may surprise us - especially considering that some of the oldest and most famous historical voices were actually recorded in the 19th century on Edison wax cylinders.

There are a surprisingly large number of famous people whose voices can be listened to today all thanks to the unique recording devices that were developed throughout history. It is as if we are able to travel back through time and get to know the people we've only ever been able to read about. So, lend an ear, and check out these famous historical voices.

  • Thomas Edison
    Video: YouTube

    Thomas Edison is the man we can thank for all those lovely, restored wax cannisters that hold upon them the voices of figures long passed.

  • Amelia Earhart
    Video: YouTube

    Amelia Earhart gives an uplifting speech to women around the world in 1936, one year before she went missing in the Pacific.

  • Harry Houdini
    Video: YouTube

    Recorded on October 29,1914, on six Edison wax cylinders, Houdini discusses his water torture trick.

  • Jacqueline Kennedy
    Video: YouTube

    Who could ever resist that whispery, magical voice? First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy presented both an audio and video tour of the White House on February 14, 1962.