This article is from the July 1917 Talking Machine World trade magazine, page 124. The Liberty Bell was recorded on this occassion by the Victor Talking Machine Co. during a campaign to sell Liberty Bonds. According to the Liberty Bell website, http://www.ushistory.org/LibertyBell/trivia.html , there are three known recordings of the Liberty Bell, two from the 1940s and one owned by Columbia. In communication with them I was told the Columbia recording the Bell was done on February 11, 1915, corresponding with the opening of the Pan American Exhibition.
The Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings resources show that Victor recorded the Liberty Bell acoustically twice, on Feb. 11, 1915,
(B-15701; three takes); and June 14, 1917, (B-20039; one take). All four takes are marked in ledgers as "destroy." Additional information about the two Victor recordings of the bell can be found at the following link, an article entitled "Memoirs of my career at Victor Talking Machine Company" by Harry O. Sooy. http://www.davidsarnoff.org/sooyh-maintext1909.html
One wonders if both Columbia and Victor were there to record the bell in 1915 or is the statement about Columbia incorrect?
So it would appear there was a 4th recording and possibly a 5th but if the ledgers are correct then these Victor recordings do not survive. Interesting to note in the above article that it says the bell had not been sounded in years but it had been only two years earlier that it was recorded. Anyone know where this recording might be and if there were additional copies made?
Information and images compiled by: Glenn Longwell