We're not officially done with the holiday season until Twelfth Night on January 6, which is reason enough to share this video. According to the YouTube caption,
This is a coin-operated Polyphon music box (c. 1890) in the collection of the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Here, it plays a rendition of Oh Come, All Ye Faithful on a pressed metal disk. As the disk rotates, projections on the back turn wheels which pluck the teeth of the comb. Listen for the sound of the coin dropping at 1:10.
It all makes for a beautiful sound from the past, and one to relish before the craziness of the new year begins all over again.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.