Even though these were very popular at the time, very few have survived due to the lack of cylinders. No one wants to collect a music player with no music. Quite a find you have there.
- Fact 1: Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. It was the first device to record and accurately reproduce sound.
- Fact 2: Thomas Edison unveiled the phonograph to Scientific American magazine by walking into the office, remaining silent, and having the machine introduce itself.
- Fact 3: The first phonograph recordings were made by etching lines into a cylinder covered with tinfoil, but by the 1880s, wax cylinders were mass marketed.
- Fact 4: The term "record" is actually short for "phonograph record," and modern-day record players are really just advanced versions of the phonograph.
- Fact 5: "Phonograph" is greek for "voice writer."