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Cal Stewart

Cal Stewart (1856–1919) may have been the most famous comedian on phonograph records made prior to 1920. On nearly all his records he portrayed an unsophisticated but highly observant "rube," or rural Yankee, named Josh Weathersby, more familiarly known as "Uncle Josh." The fictitious Josh, a resident of Pumpkin Center, could be found in all sorts of comic situations, from suddenly being propelled into society to dealing with new-fangled contraptions such as the automobile, airplane, or Victrola. Stewart made his first recordings for Berliner Records around 1897 and was soon recording for nearly every company in existence. Stewart began recording for Victor Records in 1901.

The following recordings featuring Cal Stewart are available in the National Jukebox:

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  Artist Role Title Description Primary Performer(s) Date
Speaker Uncle Josh in society Monologue Cal Stewart 1919-07-31
Speaker Uncle Josh's trip to Coney Island Monologue Cal Stewart 1908-10-12
Speaker Uncle Josh's trip to Coney Island Monologue Cal Stewart 1919-08-01
Speaker Si Pettingill's brooms Monologue Cal Stewart 1903-05-22
Speaker Uncle Josh on a Fifth Avenue bus Monologue Cal Stewart 1907-01-22
Speaker Jim Lawson's hoss trade Monologue Cal Stewart 1906-12-13
Speaker Uncle Josh and the fire department Monologue Cal Stewart 1903-10-20
Speaker Uncle Josh on an automobile Monologue Cal Stewart 1903-10-20
Speaker Uncle Josh and the sailor Monologue Cal Stewart 1908-08-31
Speaker The county fair at Pun'kin Centre Monologue Cal Stewart 1908-08-31