Only known recording of Bismarck found in US: researcher

January 31, 2012

The only known voice recording of powerful German chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who died in 1898, has been found and authenticated, a German researcher told AFP on Tuesday.

The wax cylinder phonograph recording was made in 1889 by an associate of , Adelbert Wangemann, at Bismarck's home, Stephan Puille from the University of Applied Sciences in said.

"According to me and I have a certain experience, these are really original recordings," said Puille, who along with Patrick Feaster of Indiana University "identified these cylinders which were thought to have disappeared."

The New York Times first published the news, saying the recordings had the "Iron Chancellor" reciting "snippets of poetry and songs in English, Latin, French and German," including lines from the French national anthem.

"Bismarck ends the recording with some advice, apparently for his son Herbert, ... to live life in moderation," it said.

The cylinders were found in Edison's laboratory in 1957 but research work on them only began in 2005.

Explore further: Germany opts out of search engine project

Related Stories

Germany opts out of search engine project

January 3, 2007

The German government has confirmed that it is not participating in a multi-million dollar project to build a European search engine rivaling Google.

Patient interest in video recording of colonoscopy

February 4, 2010

Colonoscopy is operator-dependent and substantial numbers of pre-cancerous polyps are missed during colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are often poorly documented, with only a few still photographs taken of anatomic landmarks and ...

Spain: Germany weighing EU aid to Spanish farmers

June 3, 2011

(AP) -- Germany is considering pushing for EU compensation for Spanish farmers after it erroneously blamed its vegetable produce for starting the E. coli outbreak that has killed 18 people, says Spain.

1888 Edison recording may be 1st talking doll try

July 14, 2011

(AP) -- Scientists using advanced imaging technology have recovered a 123-year-old recording made by Thomas Edison that is believed to be the world's first attempt at a talking doll and may mark the dawn of the American ...

Playback: 130-year-old sounds revealed

December 15, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- In the early 1880s, three inventors—Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell and Charles Sumner Tainter, collectively making up the Volta Laboratory Associates—brought together their creativity and ...

Recommended for you

Early human diet explains our eating habits

August 31, 2015

Much attention is being given to what people ate in the distant past as a guide to what we should eat today. Advocates of the claimed palaeodiet recommend that we should avoid carbohydrates and load our plates with red meat ...

Just how good (or bad) is the fossil record of dinosaurs?

August 28, 2015

Everyone is excited by discoveries of new dinosaurs – or indeed any new fossil species. But a key question for palaeontologists is 'just how good is the fossil record?' Do we know fifty per cent of the species of dinosaurs ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

antialias_physorg
not rated yet Feb 01, 2012
According to me and I have a certain experience

Not saying that he's wrong, but how can he have experience if there are no other, authenticated, voice recordings to compare against?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.