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

An Explanation

Quite humorously, in The Exploits of Elaine, Reeve’s characters make several references to the tremendous weight of the device: “We followed him, lugging the telegraphone” (1915, 126), “as I gave a groan of relief, for the telegraphone was getting like lead” (126), and “Kennedy . . . recovered the telegraphone. Together we carried it to the laboratory” (129). Magnetic audio may have been affiliated with noise-free, seemingly immaterial sound; however, the telegraphone was large and clunky at best, raising questions about how easy it was to actually transport or hide.

(This note comments on the page titled, "I Learned Their Methods," as well as the attached image titled, "Poulsen's Telegraphone at Brede Works (2009).")

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