The earliest method of recording and reproducing sound was on phonograph
cylinders. Commonly known simply as “records” in their era of greatest popularity
(c. 1888 - 1915), these cylinder shaped objects had an audio recording engraved
on the outside surface which could be reproduced when the cylinder was played
on a mechanical phonograph.
Cylinders were sold in Paper Tubes, with cardboard lids at each end. These
containers helped protect the recordings. These containers and the shape of the
cylinders (together with the “tinny” sound of early records compared to live music)
prompted the nickname "canned music". Record companies usually had a generic
printed label on the outside of the paper tubes, with no indication of the identity of
the individual recording inside.
Recently these recordings have been slowly deteriorating from mold and acidic
paper. In 1993 the Edison Historic Site found that over 10,000 of these recordings
were at risk of losing audio quality. As you may have read in the product pages,
Ridgid Paper Tube carries a diverse line of Archival Storage Tubes. The origin of
this product line actually originated when the Edison National Site executives
contacted the Design Team at Ridgid Paper Tube Corporation to create an Acid
Free storage container solution that would be able to save and protect these
valuable piece's of American history.