Project IRENE Using optical scanning to digitize ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders

A Delicate Cylinder

Photo of one of the cracked cylinders that we are able to recover sound from using the optical scanning method. The large transparent bands are strips of a malleable, preservation-friendly plastic that squeeze the cylinder together to keep it from breaking during scanning.
December 1910
Actual Dimension:
10cm tall, 4cm in diameter