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Edison 'Fireside' phonograph
Title : Edison 'Fireside' phonograph Edison 'Fireside' phonograph
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Date of creation : ca. 1909
Format : Object
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Description :
Thomas Edison first developed the phonograph in 1877. Later improvements replaced the original tin foil used on the cylinder with wax, and a floating stylus was used to incise the cylinder instead of a rigid needle. The phonograph is said to have been Edison's favourite invention.

This Edison 'Fireside' phonograph, an early version of a home sound system, dates from 1909. A winding crank handle is turned to start the motor, which then rotates a drum fitted with a wax cylinder to produce sound through the horn.

Related names :

Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931

Period : 1884-1913
Further reading :

Gelatt, Roland. The fabulous phonograph: the story of the gramophone from tin foil to high fidelity, London: Cassell, 1956

Read, Oliver and Walter L. Welch. From tin foil to stereo: evolution of the phonograph, Indianapolis, Ind.: Howard W. Sams, 1959

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