Can you imagine Phonographs in your living room today?

Sound and music recordings have beeen around for over 100 years.

In 1877, Thomas Edison recorded his voice for use as a dictation machine.

The phonograph was developed as a result of Thomas Edison’s work on two other inventions, the telegraph and the telephone.

The patent on the phonograph was issued  February  19, 1878.

In 1877, Emile Berliner produced the first flat disc recording.

In January 1896, Thomas Edson started the National phonograph company.  Prices were $20.00 for the Standard model.  Standard size cylinders were sold for 50 cents each with songs that included sentimental ballads, marches, hymns, coon songs, comic monologues, and special recordings -sound reenactments of events.

Here is a photograph of a collection of early phonographs at the Menlo park museum.


1899 Standard phonograph

If you were born in 1890, this is what your I-pod would look like.

We visited the Menlo park museum of Thomas Alva Edison a few years ago.

History from the following:

“The History of the Edison Cylinder Phonograph”




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