Following Aleks Kolkowski’s talk this evening I’ve just found some more information on the listening tubes from another website. I was quite taken by these, especially as a potential precursor of headphones!
I’m certainly keen to find out more
We’ve posted this picture before but hadn’t realised its significance.
Digging a bit further into the life of Fred Gaisberg (who was the Zelig of the early recording business), the relevance of the photo becomes clear.
Thomas Edison invented the phonograph system of recording and playing back sound that preceded the gramophone and used cylinders rather than discs. He set the invention aside for several years as he wasn’t sure what it’s commercial application would be. (Edison was very interested in the commercial application of inventions…)
Edison initially thought that the phonograph would be used to record business dictation that could then be written up at a later date. This would reduce the number of stenographers that a business would require. He targeted Washington as a likely market because of all the Government business being done there. In 1889, he set up a company called The Columbia Phonograph Company (as…
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