Today in Art History: 1877 – Thomas Edison Patents the Phonograph

1877 – Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.

“While other inventors had produced devices that could record sounds, Edison’s phonograph was the first to be able to reproduce the recorded sound.

His phonograph originally recorded sound onto a tinfoil sheet wrapped around a rotating cylinder. A stylus responding to sound vibrations produced an up and down or hill-and-dale groove in the foil.” 

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