A black vinyl record with a yellow label at its center printed with black text. The record label logo is above the center; it is an illustration of a swan encircled with the text of the record label name [BLACK SWAN RECORDS]. Beneath the record's center it lists the song title and production information for each side. Side A reads [Strut Miss Lizzie / (Creamer - Layton) / Lulu Whidby / Henderson's Novelty Orch.] Side B reads [Home Again Blues / Berlin - Akst / Lulu Whidby]. Beneath the song titles there is production information, the manufacturer's name is printed along the bottom arc of the label [MFD. BY PACE PHONOGRAPH CORP., NEW YORK].
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.