This Day In Information: The Phonograph Explained

Today in 1877, Scientific American published a note that started “Mr Thomas A. Edison recently came to this office, placed a little machine on our desk, turned a crank, and the machine inquired us to our health, asked how we liked the phonograph, informed us that it was very well and bid us a cordial goodnight.” Earlier that month, on December 6, Edison recorded his voice on the phonograph for the first time, reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Here is his re-enactment of that first recording. The Scientific American article ends with some delicious predictions, including: “It is already possible by ingenious optical contrivances to throw stereoscopic photographs of people on screens in full view of an audience. Add the talking phonograph to counterfelt their voices, and it would be difficult to carry the illusion of real presence much further.”

About GilPress

I launched the Big Data conversation; writing, research, marketing services; &
This entry was posted in Predictions, This day in information. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to This Day In Information: The Phonograph Explained

  1. Pingback: This Day In Information: Phonograph Patent Application | The Story of Information

  2. Pingback: From recording sounds to projecting moving pictures | The Story of Information

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s