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Object Name Record, Phonograph
Date ca. 1938
Title Edwin Markham, The Man with the Hoe
Description 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."
Earliest Date 1935
Latest Date 1940
Maker Timely Records, Inc.
Lexicon Sub-category Sound Communication T&E
Associated People Markham, Edwin
Catalog Number 05.006.0001
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.