|Object Name||Record, Phonograph|
|Title||Edwin Markham, The Man with the Hoe|
Set of three record albums, tan cover, black binding. Front cover has a black and white photograph of Edwin Markham, the author of the poems, and a printed inscription in gold: "EDWIN MARKHAM / THE MAN WITH THE HOE / and other poems / a TIMELY recording."
Inside the cover is an inscription which appears to be printed: "The Meaning of the Hoe-man. / As I looked at Millet's The Man with the / Hoe, I realized as I looked that I was gazing on no / mere man of the fields; but was looking on a / plundered peasant, typifying the millions / left over as the debris from the thousand wars / of the masters, and from their long industrial / oppressions extending over the ages. / This Hoe-man might be a stooped consumptive / toiler in a New York sweat shop; a man / with a pick, spending nearly all his days under / ground in a West Virginia coal mine; a man / with a labor-broken body carrying a hod / in a London street; a boatman with strained / arms and aching back rowing for hours / against the heavy tide of the Volga." Below this is an autograph: "Your friend, / Edwin Markham." On the back of the inside cover, there is a sticker with printed inscription: "TIMELY / TO CHECK THE SPEED OF YOUR / PHONOGRAPH / Watch the dots on the border of the / label as the disc revolves, using a Neon / Lamp for 60 cycle current (A.C.). / If the speed is correct the dots will / remain stationary. / TIMELY RECORDS, Inc. / 1600 Broadway, N.Y.C."
|Acquisition||Gift of Frank Holden|
|Ownership and History||
American poet Charles Edwin Anson Markham (1852-1940) was born in Oregon and spent the early part of his career in California. In 1901 he moved to Staten Island, and he remained a Staten Island resident until his death in 1940. Markham is best known for his poem "The Man with the Hoe," which was first published in 1899. The poem was a protest against the exploitation of poor laborers, and it was inspired by Jean-Francois Millet's painting "L'homme à la houe" (The Man with the Hoe).
The inscription on the inside front cover is part of Markham's reflections on writing "The Man with the Hoe."
|Maker||Timely Records, Inc.|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Sound Communication T&E|
|Support Acknowledgment||Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2014.|
|Legal Status||Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.|