Dismuke's Virtual Talking
                Machine - dismuke.org

This site is devoted to vintage music from the early decades of the 20th Century. All recordings have been transcribed into streaming Real Audio from the original 78 rpm discs in my personal collection.  It is my hope that this site will help further the creation of a new generation of enthusiasts for an exciting, vibrant and, sadly, all but forgotten era of American popular culture.



The Virtual Talking Machine is no longer being updated or maintained.  It will, however, remain online and available as an archive.  For a list of currently active and updated Dismuke projects, visit the Dismuke.org main page.

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1920s & 1930s Popular Music  Currently featuring over 125 vintage jazz, dance band, swing and vocal recordings from the "Roaring '20s through the Great Depression and the dawn of World War II. 

 All audio files in this section were upgraded with new ones in 2003 and 2004

Turn of the Century Music  Over 60 recordings from the acoustical (pre microphone) era - 1900 - 1925.  This section features a wide variety of musical styles ranging from ragtime to opera, early jazz to marching bands, light classical to World War I patriotic tunes.

Download Information   If you wish to download some of the Real Audio files on this site to your hard drive so that you can listen to them again without being connected to the Internet, here is where you should go. 

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All original writing and image files on this site are copyright©1998-2011 by the site owner. All other image files are either public domain or have been used with the permission of the copyright holder. To the best of my knowledge, all sound files on this site have been taken from recordings that are in the public domain. However, if you are the owner of any material on this site that is, in fact, protected by copyright, please contact the site owner and the offending material will be removed at your request.