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Great issue on Edison's invention of the phonograph, and thoughts on its use & what's next...

Item # 683472

March 26, 1878


* Historic Phonograph invention
* Thomas Edison - inventor

This is a terrific issue on Edison's newly invented phonograph machine, taking half of page 3 & over half of pg. 4 including four illustrations. The article is headed: "THE PHONOGRAPH" with subheads: "Lectures by Professor J. W. S. Arnold" "Characteristics of Sound Waves--Modes of Producing Them--Distinction Between Music & Noise..." and more. Near the beginning of the very lengthy article is: "...Prof. J.W.S. Arnold...delivered a lecture at Chickering Hall upon Mr. Edison's recent invention, the talking machine, known as the phonograph...The lecture was in great part an exposition of the theory of acoustics; the performance of the phonograph was shown to be in strict accordance with that theory..." and much, much more. The text of the scientific analysis of the new invention carries over to page 2 where are found 4 illustrations including: "The Phonograph--Front View" "The Phonograph--End View".
Of almost equal interest is a great article headed: "The Talking Machine" which notes: "...we may well doubt whether there will be more remarkable inventions in the remainder of this century than the telephone and the phonograph...Perhaps the next step of inventive ingenuity will be to combine the two contrivances...It is too soon to say what may be the uses of this strange instrument...". Fascinating reading given where such technology has gone in the last 140 years.
Eight pages, a few minor margin tears, a bit loose at the spine, very nice, clean condition. One of the better period, scientific analyses we've seen on the new phonograph invention.

Category: Post-Civil War