IU Media Historian’s Find in Stacks at Wells Library Could Represent Oldest Record in World

Vor seinem Löwengarten
Das Kampfspiel zu erwarten
Saß König Franz
Und um ihn die Großen der Krone
Und rings auf hohem Balkone
Die Damen in schönem Kranz

The voice of the father of the gramophone, Emile Berliner, is only slightly muffled as he recites Friedrich Schiller’s ballad “Der Handschuh.” But his words — preserved as an image in a German magazine from 1890 and resurrected through today’s technology at Indiana University — represent what can be considered the oldest record in the world.

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