Recorded January 23, 1915
Columbia Phonograph Company was named after the District of Columbia where it is headquartered. It controlled all the sales and service of Edison phonographs and phonograph cylinders in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Delaware. By 1891, Columbia produced commercial cylinder recordings of its own, putting out a 10 page catalog. By 1894 it had severed ties with Edison and sold only phonographs and records of its own manufacture on brown or black wax cylinders. In 1901 Columbia began selling disc phonographs and records, recorded only on one side. In 1908 Columbia commenced successful mass production of what they called their “Double-Faced” discs, the 10-inch variety at 78rpm. Today Columbia competes with the Victor Talking Machine Company disc records as one the top two names in American recorded sound.
Yesterday, President Wilson’s daughter Margaret went into Columbia recording studio in the Woolworth Building in New York City and recorded “The Star Spangled Banner” as a benefit for the Red Cross in Europe to be sold at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition which will open soon in San Francisco.
On January 23, 1915 the Columbia Band was in the same studio recording “A Medley of Patriotic Airs” featuring “America” “Yankee Doodle” “Columbia The Gem Of The Ocean” “Marching Through Georgia” and “Dixie” also as a benefit for the Red Cross in Europe to be sold at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition as a souvenir record. The record label features the official seal of the exposition.