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Rube Goldberg

Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970), known best as Rube Goldberg (), was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor.

Goldberg is best known for his popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets performing simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. The cartoons led to the expression "Rube Goldberg machines" to describe similar gadgets and processes. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 1948, the National Cartoonists Society's Gold T-Square Award in 1955, and the Banshees' Silver Lady Award in 1959. He was a founding member and first president of the National Cartoonists Society, which hosts the annual Reuben Award, honoring the top cartoonist of the year and named after Goldberg, who won the award in 1967. He is the inspiration for international competitions known as Rube Goldberg Machine Contests, which challenge participants to create a complicated machine to perform a simple task.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 4, 1883 (San Francisco), Died December 7, 1970 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-12040 10-in. 5/22/1912 I'm the guy Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 49290 12-in. 12/15/1917 Cleopatra had a jazz band Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson Band composer  
Edison 18772 10-in. 9/29/1928 My treasures Will Donaldson ; J. Donald Parker Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Edison N-472 10-in. 9/29/1928 My treasures Will Donaldson ; J. Donald Parker Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Goldberg, Rube," accessed May 27, 2024,

Goldberg, Rube. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 27, 2024, from

"Goldberg, Rube." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 27 May 2024.

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