Apparently this wasn't truly a sound recording, or at least that is the way I understood it. Rather, the short ten second clip of a French man singing a baguette-fueled melody was written down on a piece of paper and converted (thanks to American phonoautogrammers!!) at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory in Berkley, California into sound mapping out the carefully sketched "phonoautogram." The paper dates back to 1860, a full seventeen years before Thomas Edison's sweet, sweet tunes erupted from his phonoGRAPH in gorgeous New Jersey.
The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. has claimed the caregiving rights to the historical piece of sound, furthering my personal belief that people in America still care about sound more than everyone. Americans were the ones who found this groundbreaking phonoautogram. . . . in France!! We've got a definite interest, and for that reason I posted this tasty morsel.