Making the Perfect Record: From Inscription to Impression in Early Magnetic Recording

Cylinder Phonograph

In 1878, Edison’s cylinders were wrapped in tinfoil. Wax cylinders came shortly thereafter and were mass-marketed in the 1880s (the decade when Smith published “Some Possible Forms of Phonograph”).

(This note comments on the page titled, "Responding to Edison's Noise," as well as the attached image titled, "Edison's 19-Century Phonograph (1888).")

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