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Cylinders 39–45


This final batch of wax cylinder recordings brings us to the end of our investigation. I can’t say I feel ready to file it away. Considering all we’ve heard, what might linger?

Anything we leave behind can only tell a partial truth. Artifacts can’t speak for us, but by working together, I do believe we reached a deeper understanding of Lenora Bowen.

Her circumstances were singular, beyond what most of us will ever experience, but listening to her haunting struggle revealed something essentially, horrifically human. The song of her life is one we all sing. I can’t explain it, but that’s a truth I now feel in my bones, and I want to thank you all for helping me get there.

I don’t know if I will have the resources to continue the investigation beyond this collection of wax cylinders, but should future discoveries unspool ... I know I’ll be able to count on you to help me assemble them.


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I'm so glad one of your listeners reached out and made me aware of this project! Chroniphone brand cylinders are incredibly rare, their dictagraph recording blanks being especially impossible to find.


Based on the location, I believe my site may have acquired a collection of music tubes associated with yours, perhaps from the same original owner.


We're currently undergoing routine maintenance ahead of a much needed redesign, but the core collection is still available for anyone who would like to browse the archive: www.chroniphone.com

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here4thefun
here4thefun
Oct 31, 2022
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Chroniphone cylinder 2151 seems to be part of the Lenora Bowen series. Not sure of the significance of Mr. Holden?

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