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    • Vintage Phonograph Vector
    • High Resolution Phonograph Printable Image
    No physical item will be sent with this purchase, this is a digital item!


    This invention changed music forever and started what we now know as the “music industry”. The Phonograph came into existence in the New Jersey laboratory where Thomas Alva Edison created the first device to both record sound and play it back. He was awarded U.S. Patent No. 200,521 for his invention–the phonograph–on this day in 1878. A less known fact is that Edison’s invention came about as spin-off from his ongoing work in telephony and telegraphy. In an effort to facilitate the repeated transmission of a single telegraph message, Edison devised a method for capturing a passage of Morse code as a sequence of indentations on a spool of paper.

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