This Edison Phonograph Diamond Disc has recordings of sketches performed by Two Dark Knights, a blackface comedy team. The vocalists, Phil Cook and Victor Fleming, specialized in humorous dialogues and recorded for various labels under different stage names including, Two Wise Owls, Two Licorice Drops, and Big Boy and Shorty.
An Edison Diamond Disc phonograph record. The disc is comprised of two songs with one on each side of disc. One side has a white circular paper label with black text that reads: [ALL AT SEA / A Darky Sketch / TWO DARK KNIGHTS]. There is also a piece of paper taped with black tape with the handwritten notation: "Black". The other side of the disc has the same white circular label but has a drawing of Thomas Edison visible and black text that reads: [PULLMAN PORTERS / A Darky Sketch / TWO DARK KNIGHTS]. There is a single piece of black tape on the label on this side as well.
Consists of: Edison Diamond Disc.
2011.81.2: Edison diamond disc.
Side 1: This is a recording of a vaudville comedy sketch of a conversation on a train between two African American porters. It is likely a blackface performance. One is confronting the other after finding him in the observation car not working. They begin comically discussing the various passengers they're serving. The humor of the sketch plays on one of the porter's laziness and igorance.
Side 2: This is a recording of a vaudville comedy sketch of two African American men in a rowboat. It is likely a blackface performance. The two men have been rowing for many hours, but appear to be going in circles. The humor of the sketch plays on one of the men's ignorance and confusion with language.