ABC.com - Official Site of the ABC NetworkSledgeweb's LOST ... STUFFGolden SilentsNew Deal NetworkOnline 1911 Encyclopedia BritannicaWelcome to ClipShackTV SquadStar Trek MinutiaeNational Recording RegistryPhonautograms. Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville. (c. 1853-1861) In late 1853 or early 1854, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville captured the first recorded sounds by etching onto blackened glass plates the movements of a boar’s-bristle stylus, vibrating in sympathy with a guitar and a human voice. Later, Scott made recordings on paper wrapped around a drum. The resulting "phonautograms" proved crucial to the development of recorded sound. Edison Talking Doll cylinder. (1888) Few, if any, sound recordings can lay claim to as many “firsts” as the small, mangled artifact of a failed business venture discovered in 1967 in the desk of an assistant to Thomas Edison. Edison exhibition recordings (group of three cylinders): "Around the World on the Phonograph"; "The Pattison Waltz"; and "Fifth Regiment March." (1888-1889) Jesse Walter Fewkes field recordings of the Passamaquoddy Indians. (1890) "The Lord's Prayer" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." "Stars and Stripes Forever." " Gypsy Love Song."
Where "The Gangs" Lived--New York's Five Points District, by Gregory J. ChristianoThe name Five Points evokes images of poverty, rampant crime, decadence and despair. That’s true. The Five Points was a lurid geographical cancer filled with dilapidated and unlivable tenement houses, gang extortion, corrupt politicians, houses of ill-repute and drunkenness and gambling. This was a place where all manner of crime flourished, the residents terrorized and squalor prevailed. the setting over many decades through the nineteenth century. The district was known as the Sixth Ward bounded, south, by Reade Street; west, by West Street; north by Canal Street; east by Broadway. Certain areas of Manhattan are not suitable to build tall structures because there is no bedrock underground. When the landfill started to decay in the 1820’s the wood frame houses began to tilt over and sink. The many dancehalls brought together the Irish and African-Americans who had a large population in the area. Over the decades the neighborhood changed. Recommended reading list:
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