131 Years of the Edison Phonograph

In History, Science on February 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Edison’s Home Phonograph, courtesy of the Library of Congress

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Something many of us take for granted today is the ability to capture the sounds of our life. From personal dictation devices to our cell phones and digital cameras, we can easily record anything going on around us. On this date in 1878, Thomas Edison was granted a patent for the device that made hearing the human voice across history possible.

Allen Koenigsberg is Professor of History at Brooklyn College and a phonograph collector.   He hosts a couple websites: Nipperhead Antique Phonographs and Phonobooks.

If you’d like to explore more recordings of Thomas Edison through the Library of Congress, click here.

If you’d like to hear the complete home recording of Paul Rader with his family, click below.


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