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  • Sep 30, 1887
    Thomas Edison forms the Edison Phonograph Company to market his new machine that records on wax cylinders. The first models retail for $85, $100 and $130. Edison envisions the phonograph as a business dictation machine--not for entertainment
    May 14, 1924
    Vernon Dalhart records "The Wreck Of The Old '97" for the first time for Edison Records. He remakes the landmark single three months later for Victor
    Nov 1, 1924
    Edison Records releases Vernon Dalhart's "The Wreck Of The Old '97." Dalhart's subsequent Victor recording of the song is widely regarded as the first million-selling single in country music history
    May 2, 1926
    Ernest Stoneman writes to Thomas Edison in an effort to expand his recording presence. He subsequently records for both Edison Records and Okeh, which has already issued a number of his performances
    Nov 1, 1929
    Edison Records closes, 51 years after it was opened in West Orange, New Jersey, by inventor Thomas Edison. The label began as the Edison Speaking Phonograph Company, originally intended to supply dictation equipment to businesses

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