From a vault in Paris: The sound of opera in 1907

By Alan Riding [Int’l Herald Tribune, 16 February 2009]

PARIS: On Dec. 24, 1907, a group of bewhiskered men gathered in the bowels of the Paris Opera to launch a project which, by definition, they could never see to fruition. First, 24 carefully-wrapped wax records were placed inside two lead and iron containers. These were then sealed and locked away in a small storage room, with instructions that they remain undisturbed for 100 years.