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Edison Experimental Recording Phonograph

Location: West Orange, NJ, USA
Date: 1877
Creator(s): 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. Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) has become an American folk hero for this and other innovations, which have increased the enjoyment of life for people throughout the world.

Tags: Era: 1870-1879
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Edison with his early phonograph
Edison with his early phonograph
37 Honeysuckle Avenue
West Orange, NJ, USA

37 Honeysuckle Avenue

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