Homepage logo Project Homepage [spacer] Search Collection Browse Collection Project Overview Cylinder History Donate Collections Help Contact Us Links Links [spacer] Special Collections UCSB Libraries Banner

Sterling Cylinders

Sterling Cylinder

When other lips [Bohemian girl. Then you'll remember me] / Balfe, M. W. Ernest Pike. Sterling Record: 414. 1906.

Upon the expiration of Edison Bells patents in England, various manufacturers began selling cylinders in England, including Sterling. Sterling was founded in 1904 by Louis Sterling, an American who had moved to England and was employed by the British Zonophone Co. He resigned in 1904 and started the Sterling Co. and in 1905 formed a partnership with Russell Hunting, who became recording director of the company renamed the Russell Hunting Co. Ltd., the manufacturer of Sterling cylinders. Hunting was the American entertainer famous for his recording of Casey at the Bat who had moved to England in 1901 and became recording director for Edison-Bell.

Sterling cylinders are typically about 1/4" longer than standard cylinders. In advertisements, the Sterling cylinders were always shown next to the comparatively short and stumpy standard cylinder.

A noted and unusual recording issued by Sterling was a 1907 recording of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore on ten cylinders. Very few copies survive, but five of the ten cylinders are in the collection.

Previous: Edison Bell Cylinders

Next: Further reading


An initiative of the UC Santa Barbara Library • (805) 893-5444 • Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010. [Envelope] Direct questions or comments about the project or this page to the project staff or visit the help pages.

Featured Cylinder

The widow Dooley - Ada Jones and Len Spencer. (Edison Standard Record: 10017), [1908].


Cylinder Radio

Listen to a podcast or live stream of "audio theater" recordings on Cylinder Radio

Podcast icon


Facebook icon Like us on Facebook


Keyword Search



Did You Know?
The oldest recording of the human voice is a phonautogram recorded in 1860 by the French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville.

Creative Commons License
Copyright and licensing information