Weird History These Rare Recordings Of Famous Historical Figures Speaking Are Fascinating  

Cheryl Adams Richkoff
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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.


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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.

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first ...more

Age: Died at 84 (1847-1931)

Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States of America

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

Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was ...more

Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States of America

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

Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his ...more

Age: Died at 52 (1874-1926)

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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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.

Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Five years later she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained ...more

Age: Died at 65 (1929-1994)

Birthplace: Southampton, New York, USA

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