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

The Human Stenographer

In an August 1913 issue of the Independent, the limits of human stenographers working in similar situations are actually highlighted: “The advantages of [the telegraphone] for international conventions is [sic] obvious. It is very hard to get stenographers competent to take down the discussions in four or more languages. The Copenhagen congress was in session forty hours altogether and occupied two adjoining rooms, but all of the papers and discussions were duly recorded on the 250 kilometers of piano wire” (“The Telegraphone”).

(This note comments on the page titled, “Imagining Applications,” as well as the attached image titled, “The Telegraphone at the Franklin Institute (1908).”)

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