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Edison with his early phonograph
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: Communications and Data ProcessingEra: 1870-1879DateCreated: 187737 Honeysuckle AvenueWest OrangeState: NJZip: 07052Country: USAWebsite: https://www.asme.org/about-asme/who-we-are/engineering-history/landmarks/68-edison-experimental-recording-phonographCreator: Edison, Thomas

Edison's simple and unprecedented instrument allowed for the first time the permanent recording and reproduction of sound, especially the human voice. On December 6, 1877, Edison put tinfoil around the cylinder, turned the handle of the shaft and, shouting into one of the diaphragms, recorded a verse of Mary Had a Little Lamb "almost perfectly." From this machine evolved the phonographs and record industries of the world.

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1981
Image Caption: Edison with his early phonographEra_date_from: 1877
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